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Joseph Massop

Aug 08, 1934 - Dec 01, 2023

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Lake Crystal, MN

Joseph Massop, age 89, of Mankato and formerly from Mapleton, died Friday, December 1, 2023 at The Pillars of Mankato.Memorial Mass will be held at 11am, Thursday, December 7, 2023 at St. Teresa Catholic Church in Mapleton with visitation starting at 9am. Burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery in Mapleton. Please share a memory of Joseph with his family at www. mankatomortuary. com.The family prefers memorials be directed to Mapleton Museum (Maple River Heritage Inc. , P. O. Box 474, Maple...Read More

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Ann Louise Blasing (Erickson)

Aug 16, 1938 - Feb 24, 2024

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Lake Crystal, MN

Ann Louise Blasing (Erickson), age 85 of Lake Crystal, passed away on February 24, 2024. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m., on Friday, March 15, 2024, at Zion Lutheran Church with visitation to be held an hour and a half prior at the church as well. Burial will be in Lake Crystal Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred. Lake Crystal Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Ann was born on August 16, 1938, in Madison, MN to Albert and Edna Erickson. She was baptized in the Lutheran faith and confirmed at First Lutheran Church of Madison. Ann attended Madison schools and graduated in 1956. She graduated from Mankato State College in 1960.Ann was a social worker from 1961 to 1968. She married Donald Blasing on August 16, 1968, and moved to Lake Crystal. She adopted Don’s two children (Becky and Chad) and in 1970 Eric was born. Ann spent time volunteering for girl scouts and cub scout programs in the Lake Crystal area and served two 4-year terms for the Lake Crystal City Council in the 1980s. Ann was employed as LCWM Community Education Director for several years before retiring in 2002. She loved to garden with her husband, Don, where she found happiness. She enjoyed pfeffer nights at the Legion with her special friend, Walter. She loved to play Scrabble, especially the competitive games with granddaughter, Brianna, playing cards, and her jigsaw puzzles. She always laughed after a battle of wits with grandson, Joshua. Ann enjoyed watching her granddaughter, Paige, play sports, and trips to Arizona to visit her grandsons Zachary, Connor, and Seth, where she would proudly announce that she too had red hair when she was young. Ann is survived by her children, Rebecca (Todd) Sittig, Chad Blasing, and Eric (Stephanie) Blasing; grandchildren, Joshua (Alexis) Sittig, Brianna (Kevin) Glass, Paige Sittig, Zachary, Connor, and Seth Blasing; great-grandchildren, Lilly and Helaina Glass and Bronson and Bristol Sittig; brother-in-law, Paul Blasing and sister-in-law, Pam Erickson.She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; parents, Albert and Edna; sister, Avonne and brothers, Charles and Jim.

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Vivian Violet Thomas

May 22, 1922 - Feb 27, 2024

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Lake Crystal, MN

Vivian Violet Thomas, 101, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, after a long life as a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. Viv’s greatest joy was her family and she was never happier than when a baby was in her arms.Viv was born on May 22, 1922, in Butternut Township to Roy and Elma (Rollings) Etherington, delivered at home by her grandmother, Sarah Jane (Jennie) Rollings. She contracted meningitis as a child, which took the majority of her hearing and she wore hearing aids for over 50 years. At age 72 she received a cochlear implant, which opened up her world. Viv was known for being a hard worker all her life, graduating from 8th grade at the Vernon Center school in 1937 and starting a job the next morning to help her family. She married Robert J. Thomas on May 14, 1941, and they lived their entire married life in Lake Crystal. They had four children, Sharon (Will) Peterson, Steve (Beverly) Thomas, Kathryn Wilking and Peg (Denise Colvey) Thomas. Viv was always the best Mom – and never failed to make anyone’s favorite meal or dessert if they were coming to visit.Viv is survived by her four children; brothers, Bob (LaVon) Etherington and Jerry (Judy) Etherington; sister-in-law, Roberta Etherington; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.Preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Edgar and Ralph; sisters, Berneatha Roberts and Bonnie Beth; son-in-law, Tom Wilking and special friend, James K. "Bunk" Roberts.She brought so much joy to our lives. We will miss her never-ending love and sense of humor.Funeral Service will be 2 p.m., Sunday, March 3, 2024, at First Presbyterian Church in Lake Crystal. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the church. Private Interment will be in Jerusalem Cemetery, rural Lake Crystal. Lake Crystal Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.The live stream link below is a complimentary service provided byMankato Area Funeral Homes.Unforeseen technical, internet, facility, and/or acoustical circumstances may produce a diminished end product. Please note, if the live stream does not appear, we are attempting to record and publish the service for later viewing.

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Michael (Mike) Wilfred Paumen

Sep 08, 1945 - Jan 30, 2024

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Lake Crystal, MN

Michael (Mike) Wilfred Paumen of Lake Crystal, MN, received his heavenly wings on January 30, 2024, after a courageous battle with cancer. Mike was born on September 8, 1945, in St. Cloud, MN, to Wilfred J. and Hazel V. (Gagnon) Paumen. Mike attended catholic school from 1951 to 1959. He then attended Maple Lake High School from 1959 to 1963. He was active in saddle club throughout his school years. After high school, he joined the Air Force and served for 18 1/2 years, from November 1964 to May 1983. In 1971, Mike married Rosetta Lamb, and they went on to have two children, Scott and Gini. They later divorced in the 1980s. With the help of his close friend Karen, and attending AA, Mike obtained sobriety on April 16, 1989, after 14 years of trying. In 1989, Mike met Beth Henrichs and her daughter Jeannie. Mike and Beth were united in marriage on February 14, 1992. Mike enjoyed camping, walking, dancing, word puzzles, and watching movies. He also enjoyed playing the accordion for many years, playing for his family and friends. He was a member of VFW Post 950 and the American Legion Post 11. He also worked for many years at Crystal Valley Co-op Energy Department. Mike is survived by his wife Beth of Lake Crystal; his children, Scott, Gini (Mike) Hendrix, and Jeannie (Josh) Boerger; his grandchildren, A.J. (McKenzie) Hendrix (who, following in is grandfather's footsteps, joined the Air Force), Johnathon Hendrix, Natalie Boerger, and Whitney Boerger; siblings, Frank (Patricia) Paumen, Ed (Nan) Paumen, Charles (Carol) Paumen, Judy (Gene) Post, and Kathy Fagerness; and many nieces and nephews. Mike is preceded in death by his parents and many aunts and uncles. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2024, starting at 11am, at Zion Lutheran Church, Lake Crystal. To to the family or in memory of Michael (Mike) Wilfred Paumen, please

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Robert L. Miles

Nov 16, 1935 - Jan 20, 2024

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Lake Crystal, MN

Fairmont, MNVisitation for Robert “Bob” L. Miles, age 88, of Fairmont, MN, will be held 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Saturday, January 27, 2024, at Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont, MN. Burial will be held at a later date at Lakeside Cemetery in Fairmont. Robert passed away on Saturday, January 20, 2024, at The Beacon in Lake Crystal, MN. Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Jerry

Oct 27, 1937 - Jan 12, 2024

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Lake Crystal, MN

Jerry, age 86, husband of Barbara and father Mark Johnson, Greg Johnson, Jill Hilgers, Todd Johnson and their families, died January 12, 2024 at The Pillars after a long journey with Lewy Body Dementia. Per his wishes, his body was donated to the Mayo Clinic for the benefit of their medical school.As Spring services are planned, this obituary will be updated.

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Meryl "Burgie" Victor Burgeson

Jan 18, 1938 - Dec 31, 2023

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Lake Crystal, MN

Meryl "Burgie" Victor Burgeson, age 85, of Madelia, died on December 31, 2023, at Crystal Seasons Assisted Living Center in Lake Crystal.Visitation will be on Thursday, January 4, 2024 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at Sturm Funeral Home, Madelia Chapel. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Madelia on Thursday, January 4, 2024 at 1:00 pm. Interment will be at the Calvary Cemetery in Madelia. The family prefers memorials be given to Pheasants Forever.Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in Madelia.  Online condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.Burgie was born January 18, 1938, to Vernon and Dorothy (Pauley) Burgeson in Madelia. He attended high school in Madelia and graduated from South Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture.  After college, Burgie moved to California where he met and married Jan Davies. He worked as an accountant and programmer. Burgie helped raise his step children and later, his daughter, Crissy. In the 1990s, Burgie moved back to the family farm in Madelia where he helped farm and fix up classic cars and pickups.Burgie will be remembered as the life of the party, with his unforgettable belly laugh, and willingness to help others.  Burgie is survived by his daughter, Crissy (Sean) Gugler of San Jose, California; step son, Mike Burt of Washington; step grandson, Don Scow of Ohio; and special friends, Theresa McHugo and Kevin Byro.Burgie was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Jan; step daughter, Pam Scow; step son, Donald Scow; and step grandson, David Scow.    

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Sgt. Cade Michael Wolfe

Born : Nov 08, 1999

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Lake Crystal, MN

Sgt . Cade Michael Wolfe was born on November 8, 1999 in Mankato, MN to Scott Wolfe and Julia Molden. He graduated from Mankato East High School and immediately went to serve in the United States Army in 2018. Cade enlisted as a UH-60 Black Hawk Repairer (15T), and upon completing Advanced Individual Training, he was assigned to the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade at Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii. In 2022, Cade was assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. After completing the Regiments extensive training and assessment program, Green Platoon, he served as an MH-60M Direct Action Penetrator (DAP) Basic Mission Qualified Crew Chief. Cade’s awards and decorations include Army Commendation Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal with 1 Bronze Service Star, Global War on Terrorism Services Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and the Basic Aviation Badge. Cade is survived by his wife, Danielle Wolfe; father, Scott and stepmother, Heather Wolfe; mother, Julia and stepfather, Dave Molden; brother, Cooper and Rachael Wolfe; stepmother, Amy Anderson; and extended family. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Roger Wolfe.Cade was loved by all who met him and made a remarkable impact on each and every one of us. He will be greatly missed and honored by us all forever.A welcome home escort will begin at Mankato Regional Airport and end at Northview - North Mankato Mortuary. Date and time will be announced when information becomes available. There will be a celebration of life held at 3pm, Friday, January 5, 2024 at the Mankato National Guard Armory, 100 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Military honors will be provided by C/1-160th SOAR (Abn). A social hour event will immediately follow at The Venue, 1850 Madison Avenue, Mankato. All are welcome to join Cade’s family and loved ones to honor him. Livestreaming will be available on Cade’s obituary page at www.mankatomortuary.com

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Mary Monk

May 08, 1930 - Dec 15, 2023

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Lake Crystal, MN

Mary Ann M Monk, age 93, beloved sister, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, died December 15, 2023. Mankato Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Graveside services at Fort Snelling National Cemetery where she will be laid to rest with her beloved husband. Instead of flowers her family requests memorials to the Gift of Life Transplant House, 705 2nd St SW Rochester, MN 55902 or gift-of-life. org. Mary Ann was born May 8,1930 to Mathilda (Hartman) and Andrew Stang in Hopkins, MN. After graduating from Hopkins High school, she worked for Minneapolis Moline and Northern States Power Company. Mary Ann spent the rest of her years caring for her family. Mary Ann donated a kidney to her husband in 1992 and was a healthcare pioneer in the world of living donor transplant. If you had the pleasure of knowing Mary Ann, you will remember her smile and sense of humor. Survived by daughter, Susan (John) Kjos and son, Donald Jr. (Karen) Monk; grandchildren, Jessica (Meg), Ryan (Ashlee), Haley (Kyle), Sam, along with four great-grandchildren; sister, Judy Lindgren; sister-in-law, LaVerne Stang and nieces and nephews. She is also survived by a number of close friends. Preceded in death by husband, Donald; siblings, Dorie Brown and Alby Stang; parents, Mathilda and Andrew Stang; children, Thomas Monk and Kathy Wright; grandchildren, Jennifer Adams and Andrew Kjos. Mary Ann was heartbroken to have outlived several of her children and grandchildren.

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Margaret Mclaughlin

Dec 01, 1943 - Nov 30, 2023

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Lake Crystal, MN

Margaret Jean McLaughlin died early morning November 30, 2023. She passed away in the same manner she lived--quietly and privately in her home. Margaret, a. k. a. Muggs, was born December 1, 1943, in Mankato along with her twin sister, Mary, to Myles and Margaret Smith. She graduated from Good Counsel Academy in 1961. She married James McLaughlin on May 21, 1971. For 51 years they lived in North Mankato where they raised their son, Michael. Muggs’ kitchen table was often covered in puzzles and library books. She challenged herself to complete crypto cipher and word finds. She loved to read and play a mean game of cribbage. Every summer, Muggs grew and canned vegetables. She enjoyed sitting in her yard at the picnic table observing the butterflies and birds. She hosted weekly dinners for her granddaughters, and each Christmas, she knitted them hats and scarves. Muggs thrived in her North Mankato neighborhood where she felt connected to her community of neighbors. She could stand on her sidewalk, look in all directions, and note the names of all who lived near her. Her lifelong friends and yearly traditions meant a lot to her. Muggs consistently put birthday cards in the mail to be delivered and opened on time. Muggs is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Carey McLaughlin and children, Melisandra, Corrigan, Reece. She is survived by in-laws, Chas McLaughlin and Denny and Lynda McLaughlin as well as nieces, nephews, and their spouses: Jessica McLaughlin and Tim Wright; Jolene McLaughlin; Lee and Blair McLaughlin and children, Morgan and Will; Jay McLaughlin; Casey and Madeleine McLaughlin and Lucas, Sophia, Ronan; Mark Reich and Kim Hickey and Emilie and Ella. She is preceded in death by her husband, James Dorn McLaughlin; her parents, Myles and Margaret Smith; sister, Mary McLaughlin; brother and sister-in-law, Wally and Terry Reich. Please join the family for a celebration of Muggs’ life on December 23, 2023 from 2-4 p. m. at Mankato Mortuary, 2060 Commerce Drive, North Mankato.

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