Obituaries


Leroy B. Woehler, 86, Arlington

1/26/2023

Leroy Bruce Woehler, age 86, of Arlington, passed away unexpectedly at the Ridge-view Sibley Medical Center in Arlington on Saturday, Jan. 21.
There will be a celebration of his life at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Gaylord at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28.
Visitation will be held at the church from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28.
Leroy was born to Milton and Minnie (Sommerfeld) Woehler at the Glencoe Hospital on Aug. 19, 1936. He was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gaylord and later confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Gaylord where he remained a life-long member.
He graduated from the Arlington High School in 1955 and served in the U.S. Navy for two years. Soon after, he met the love of his life, Joanne Kotasek of Henderson, and they married on Aug. 17, 1958. They farmed west of Arlington where they raised their three children, Danny, Julie and David. Leroy retired from farming at the age of 65, but that did not stop his love of growing things. He and Joanne had a large garden and enjoyed sharing all of their produce with friends and loved ones.
Leroy enjoyed playing cards, fishing, gardening, and spending time with his family and friends. He will be remembered for his smile, kind heart, joke-telling, and willingness to help others.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Joanne; children, Danny (Bertha) Woehler and Julie (Jeffrey) Hardel; grandchildren, Michelle (Nathan) Dording, Mitchell (Melody) Hardel, John Hardel, Christy (Robert) Ruedlinger, Anna (Tyler) Smith, and Laura (Trenton) Tuchtenhagen; great-grandchildren, Jase, Avery and Kinleigh Dording, Madison, Myles, and Malcom Hardel, Garrett Smith, Lucas and Layna Tuchtenhagen; sister, Grace Brinkmann; and sisters-in-law, Rhoda Woehler and Gladys Kotasek; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his children, David, Kelli, and Chad Woehler; his parents, Milton and Minnie Woehler; brother, Milton Woehler Jr; sister, Ruth Hahn; his in-laws, Joseph and Elsie Kotasek, and many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Blessed be his memory.

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Thomas V. Abram, San Antonio, Texas

1/26/2023

Thomas Vernon Abram, age 77, passed away peacefully with family by his side in San Antonio, Texas, on Friday, Jan. 13. after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Funeral service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 645 Knights Cross Drive, at noon Friday, Feb. 10. Bishop Jeff Foster will officiate.
Visitation will be held at the Porter Loring Mortuary North, 2102 N. Loop 1604 E, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9.
Interment with military honors will be held at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at 1:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10.
He was born to his parents Vernon Abram and Lorraine (Huckenpoehler) Abram in Gaylord on April 11, 1945.
Tom graduated from the Arlington-Green Isle High School in 1963 and earned a scholarship to play basketball at St. Cloud University in St. Cloud. This set him on a course to love sports throughout his life. In April of 1969, Tom served his country by joining the United States Air Force. The Air Force took him to many places all around the world, including Turkey, where he lived for two years. In 1975, Tom met the love of his life, Hope McClarren. With this love came a new life. Tom was baptized in July the following year becoming a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The two were married and sealed for time and all eternity in 1978 by Elder Dean Larson in the Salt Lake City Temple, SLC, Utah.
Tom was a man that could best be defined by his three main passions in life; his service to the church and others, his family, and above all, sports (Go Vikings!). As a High Priest in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Tom was called on a mission to the San Antonio Temple Distribution Center in 2014 where he served faithfully until his passing. He also had many other opportunities to serve in various positions, in the San Antonio West Stake Presidency, Singles Ward Bishopric, Stake Temple and Family History Consultant, Family Search Center.
Tom’s love of sports was not just as a spectator. He played church basketball and softball, Lackland AFB  League and City League softball and for 22 years worked as a fitness specialist for Southwest Research after retiring from the military. He had fun nicknames for many of his teammates. His garage was full of trophies for MVP and Homerun King. He was a regular on the sidelines of all his grandkids sporting events from basketball to soccer, volleyball, track, gymnastics, and diving. Tom worked out daily, either with weights or physically helping people with yard work or moving their furniture from one residence to the next, never accepting any pay. There are many families and church members, friends, and neighbors who have a story about Tom’s generous nature to serve those around him.
Tom was always there with humor and an embracing smile! If you were lucky enough to have him in your life you know what we mean. He will be dearly missed.
Tom is survived by his wife of 44 years, Hope Ramirez Abram; stepchildren, Randy McClarren of San Antonio, Texas and Roxanne (Dan) Musselman of San Antonio, Texas; his children, daughter, Stacie (Todd) Theisen of Big Lake, Minnesota; and son, Shannon (Carla) Abram of Champlin, Minnesota. He is survived by nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews, Mark (Cindy) Von Eschen, Matthew (Kristin) Von Eschen, and Mary (Steve) Goetsch; and numerous other extended family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon Abram and Lorraine (Huckenpoehler) Abram;  and sister, Jean (Abram) Von Eschen.
 People are invited to sign the guestbook at www.porterloring.com.
Arrangements with Porter Loring Mortuary North 2102 North Loop 1604 East in San Antonio, Texas, 78232.
(210) 495-8221

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Duane Duenow, 68, formerly of Arlington

1/26/2023

Duane Mark Duenow, age 68, of Midland, Texas (formerly of Arlington, passed away unexpectedly in his home on Friday, Jan. 6.
Mass of Christian Burial was  held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Arlington at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25.
Visitation was held at the Kolden Funeral Home in Arlington from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24. Visitation  continued at the Kolden Funeral Home from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25. Family and friends then proceeded to St. Mary’s Catholic Church for the 10:30 a.m. Mass.
Burial followed Mass at the Arlington Public Cemetery. Lunch at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Social Hall followed.
Duane Mark Duenow was born to Lawrence and Vivian Duenow in Arlington on Dec. 13, 1954. He attended and graduated from the Arlington- Green Isle High Schools in 1973. He then attended Mankato Vo-tech for auto mechanics, later attending Mankato State University for law enforcement. Duane married Patricia Kauffmann at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Arlington on Oct. 29, 1977. The couple was blessed with two children, James and Anne. Duane worked a wide variety of jobs over the years. A few included Johnson Motors in Glencoe. He owned and operated the Standard Station in Arlington with his father, Lawrence, for several years and most notably he was the Green Isle chief of police and Arlington chief of police for a great number of years. Duane retired in 2009, and moved to Midland, Texas, to enjoy the warm weather with family and friends. Some of Duane’s greatest joys in life and greatest memories came from camping, boating, fishing,  hunting,  attending  and  watching  his  children  and  grandchildren  at  horse  shows.  He was always willing to lend a hand or help someone in need. Duane enjoyed volunteering at the Minnesota State 4-H Horse Show and working at the Big Iron Truck Show for many years. He liked to catch up with friends, tell stories and make people laugh. Duane loved spending time with his family, children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his parents, Lawrence and Vivian Duenow; children, James (Rachel) Duenow, and Anne (Brad) Smith; former wife, Patricia Duenow; brother,  Kevin Duenow; grandchildren, Avarie Duenow, Jacie Duenow, Brynlie Duenow and Morgan Smith, Jorie Duenow, Sawyer Smith and Elsie Duenow; and nephews, Shane Duenow and Adam Duenow.

 

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10/7/2021

Paul D. Mathwig, age 58, of Arlington, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 30. Funeral services were held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Green Isle at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5. Visitation was held at the Kolden Funeral Home in Arlington from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4. Visitation continued from noon until the service time at the church on Tuesday, Oct. 5. Interment was in the church cemetery. Paul Douglas Mathwig was born to Ernest and Dorothy (Hoppe) Mathwig in Gaylord on Aug. 2, 1963. He attended and graduated from the Arlington-Green Isle High School on May 27, 1981. He furthered his education by attending Hutchinson Technical College and graduated in the area of Metrology. Paul worked on the family farm until his parents’ retirement. His field service job brought him various employments including Schwan’s, Worldwide, Elkay Manufacturing and Goebel. Paul married Susan Oelfke  at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg on Feb. 13, 1982. Paul was one of the first Figure 8 racers at the Arlington Raceway. He was a Boy Scout leader, FFA member, and always encouraged his children to be successful and was involved in their passions. Paul enjoyed cooking, hunting, canning, fishing, trapping, gardening and playing Sheephead. He was always up to a good pork burger at Porky’s during the Sibley County Fair. He enjoyed squirt gun fights with the grandchildren and all things family. Paul is survived by his wife, Susan Mathwig; children, Amanda (Lance) Westphal, Daniel Mathwig, Matthew Mathwig, Jenna (David) Mathews, Caitlyn Mathwig and Joe McClellan; grandchildren, Isabel Tigre, Jocelyn Tigre, Kristen Tigre, Leah Westphal, Hailey Mathwig, Blake Mathews, Bryce Mathews, Savannah Mathews, Riley McClellan and Spencer McClellan; sister, Bonnie (Rich) Tuchtenhagen; brothers, Warren Mathwig, Ellerd (Barb) Mathwig, Bruce (Lorinda) Mathwig, John (Althea) Mathwig, Mark (Barb) Mathwig, Eric (Bev) Mathwig and Ross (Kris) Mathwig; uncle, Chester Mathwig; aunt, Gladys Mathwig; mother-in-law, Vera Oelfke; brother-in-law, Bradley (Kathy) Oelfke; aunt and uncle, Marlys  and Gerry Thomes; Godchildren, Teresa Evenson, Krysta Oelfke and Ethan Pomplun; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Paul is preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Dorothy Mathwig; and father-in-law, Ronald Oelfke.

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