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CASTANEDA, KAY CROOKSTON 1940 to 2011 Kay Castaneda of El Cajon passed away peacefully at her home July 15, 2011. Kay was born March 13, 1940 in Utah. Her parents were Robert and Wilma Crookston, both deceased. Kay is survived by her son Ron, daughter Denise, son Milan Castaneda, two grandsons, one granddaughter, twin great-grandsons, and two sisters Jane Crookston Rush and Sue Crookston Shoen. Wilma later divorced and married Louis O’dell Peterson and in 1949, moved the family to El Cajon where the family built, owned and operated the Aero Drive Inn Theater on Third St. Kay attended Bostonia Elementary and graduated from El Cajon High School.

Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on July 7, 2011

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Burandt, Melvin M. age 75 of Buffalo, MN passed away on Monday August 23, 2010 at his residence in Buffalo.

Funeral Service held on Friday August 27, 2010 -11:00 A.M. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Annandale, MN with Rev. Thomas Queck officiating; visitation Thursday from 4-8 P.M. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia and 1 hour prior to the service at church; interment St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Lester Prairie.

Melvin was born on January 22, 1935 in Waconia, MN the son of Edwin and Ella (Gatz) Burandt. Melvin was baptized on February 10, 1935 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia by Rev. William F. Schneider and confirmed on April 10, 1949 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia by Rev. R. G. Heyne. On May 22, 1965 he was united in marriage to Anna Hartley at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie.

Melvin worked for Poly Foam in Lester Prairie for 35 years, then for John Kadalac for 10 years and for 3 years with Five Star Mailer. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post #150 in Waconia. Melvin belonged to the Lester Prairie Fire Department for 7 years. He enjoyed camping, bowling, visiting Germany and German music. Melvin especially loved spending time with his family.

Melvin is preceded by his sons Torrance Edwin Burandt and James Allen Burandt; father and mother Edwin and Ella Burandt; brother and sister-in-law Dennis and Margaret Burandt; brothers-in-law Irvin Menden, Harvey Tesch, Lester Lenz, Bruce Kyes; mother-in-law and father-in-law Sarah and Ben Hartley; brothers-in-law and sister-in-law Joe and Waneva Hartley, Clifford Kahler, Harold Wheeler, Alvie Hartley.

Melvin is survived by his loving family wife Anna; son and daughter-in-law Timothy and Norma Burandt of Chesapeake, VA; daughter and son-in-law Jennifer and Lonnie Lofstedt of Greenfield; grandchildren: Katie, Matthew and Morgan Burandt; Kelsey, Trevor and Nicole Lofstedt; step-grandsons Jeremy and Jonathan; sisters and brothers-in-law Pearl Menden of Shakopee, Marjorie Lenz of Watertown, Sylvia and Ray Dummer of Mayer, Darlene Tesch of Shakopee, Diane Kyes of Bismarck, ND, Karen and Marcel Gueningsman of Shakopee; brothers and sisters-in-law Alvin and Flora Burandt of Norwood Young America, Larry and Joyce Burandt of Lester Prairie; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Florence Wheeler of Cambridge, IA, Ben and Joann Hartley of Ankeny, IA, Pat Taylor of Maxwell, IA, Alice Kahler of Cambridge, IA, Linda and Dennis Eden of South Amana, IA; nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

Casket Bearers were Melvin’s nephews.

Arrangements handled by the Johnson Funeral Home of Waconia. Online Condolences to the family are available at

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Bangor Daily News, Bangor Maine, 10 March 2009
Miriam Allegra Thibodeau, 90, died peacefully March 5, 2009, at a Bangor health care facility.

She was born Oct. 16, 1918, in Old Town, a daughter of Asa J. and Miriam E. (Grangel) Bell.

Allegra grew up in Great Works, the eldest of 6 children to Asa and Mariam.

On April 19, 1941, she married Harold Thibodeau and they were happily married for 63 years, until his death Jan. 8, 2003.

They enjoyed their camp at Chemo Pond.

She was a devout member of Holy Family Parish, Old Town.

She loved to shop and will be fondly remembered as a “shopaholic.”

She is survived by three children, Bryan Thibodeau and his wife, Mary-Ellen, of Florida, Janine Eaton and her husband, Robert, of Milford and Alan Thibodeau and his wife, Barbara, of Stetson; five grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; two sisters, Daphne Bell of South Carolina and Gail Bell of Portland; and two brothers, Durwood Bell of Milford and Verlyn Bell of Eddington.

She was predeceased by her husband of 63 years, Harold in 2003; and a sister, Waverly Withers.

A funeral service will be conducted 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, at Birmingham Funeral Home, 438 Main St., Old Town, with the Rev. Thomas Farley officiating.

Spring interment will be at Lawndale Cemetery, Old Town.

Our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend peacefully passed away May 14, 1999 at her home in Salt Lake City, UT.

Born January 5, 1917 in View Idaho to Leander Armstead Moffett and Rose Hannah Gomm Moffett. Attended schools in Cambridge and Burley, Idaho before moving to Star Valley, Wyoming, where she attended school and graduated from Star Valley High in spring of 1934. She met Joshua Wilford Schwab in high school and they married August 14, 1934 in Star Valley Wyoming. Three children: Nelda Joanne, Francis Geneal, Gerald Josh “Jerry”.In 1947, the family moved to Marshall, Arkansas, where they owned and operated Searcy County Dairy Products (Cheese Factory) and a dairy farm. During this time Nelda became an expert bookkeeper and accountant, as she took over the financial responsibility for the cheese factory. Nelda was an active member and president in the local chapter of the Business and Professional Women’s Club of


They moved to Salt Lake City, Utah in 1958. Nelda was the office manager and bookkeeper for Peat, Marwick, Mitchell, Inc. During this time she was a member of the Association of Professional Women Accountants. She retired in 1978.

She married Lorenzo (Renie) Allison August 11, 1978.

Nelda is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Wiliam, Rex and Leonar; daughter, Joanne; husband, Josh; and second husband, Renie Allison.

Nelda enjoyed a long and productive life and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by daughter, Francis Geneal (Harry) Shouse; son, Gerald Josh “Jerry” (Ottrie) Schwab; sisters, Fern (C.W.) McBride; Ruth (Leon) Machen; Joye Brough; brothers, Russell (Margie) and Bob (Wanda) Moffett; eight grandchildren, Collette Landwer, Tara Guba, Robert Shouse, Philips Shouse, Mary K. Shouse, Harold R. Shouse, Jr., Ruby Wronkowski, Dalene Schwab and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held in Afton (Star Valley) Wyoming at the Schwab Mortuary, 44 East 4th Ave., May 19, 1999 at 1 p.m. Interment, will be in the Afton City Cemetery. A Memorial Service will be held Monday, May 24, 1999, at 7 p.m. at the Goff Mortuary, 8090 South State, Midvale, Utah.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Cancer Society for cancer research.


Joseph Phillip Shoen VIRGINIA BEACH -

Joseph Phillip Shoen, 72, passed into eternal life Sept. 10, 2009.

Joe was the youngest of six children born to William Earl Shoen and Marie Adora Shoen (Williams) on April 28, 1937, in Lowell, Mass.

Joe’s memory will be cherished by his six surviving children, Theresa Fish (husband Morris), Stephanie Jacobs (husband Dave), Joe Shoen (wife Cheryl), Billy Shoen (wife Carol), Darren Shoen (wife Beth) and Dani Brady (husband Josh).

He is also survived by 13 grandchildren; his brother, Jack Shoen; his sister, Patricia Tanner; his niece, Ladawn Tanner; and former wife, Sue Shoen.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Roger, Betty and Dolly.

Joe grew up, and later raised his family, in San Diego. He graduated from Kearny High School, in 1955, attended the University of San Diego and honorably served four years in the United States Navy.

Joe excelled in sports, was an avid sports fan, and enjoyed playing golf. He worked in various sales jobs and owned and operated his own pest control company.

In 1991, Joe moved to Virginia Beach to live near his sons. He devoted the remainder of his life and sobriety to mentoring and sponsoring anyone who wanted to live a sober life. Joe had a tremendous impact on many people through AA who were helped and inspired by his uncensored guidance, support and commitment to helping them find sobriety through Jesus Christ.

Memorial service will be held at Thalia United Methodist Church in Virginia Beach Saturday, Sept. 26, at 5 p.m.

Family and friends are welcome to attend the service and a reception immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations be made to the American Heart Association. Altmeyer Funeral Home is handling arrangements. To share condolences with the family, please visit


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1/12/04 Mid-Iowa News

Sarah Hartley, 94, of Maxwell, died Saturday, Jan. 10, at Story Long Term Care in Nevada. Funeral Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, at Maxwell United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Don Burket officiating. Burial will be in Maxwell Cemetery.
She is survived by one son, Ben (JaAnn) Hartley of Ankeny; and five daughters, Florence Wheeler of Cambridge, Patricia Taylor of Maxwell, Alice Kahlor of Cambridge, Louise Burandt of Buffalo, Minn., and Linda Eden of South Amana; and a daughter-in-law: Waneva Hartley of Nevada.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, at Bacon Funeral Home in Maxwell, with the family present between 6 and 8 p.m.
Bacon Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Sarah Ann George 17 Mar 1909 -10 Jan 2004

married 26 Dec 1924

Benjamin Hartley 21 Feb 1906 – 6 Aug 1971

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Obituary Torry Burandt, 25 (Lester Prairie Journal?)

Funeral services were Saturday, Aug. 15, 1998 for Torry E. Burandt, 25, of South Haven formerly of Lester Prairie.  He died Tuesday, Aug. 11, 1998 in a truck accident in Menomonie, Wisc.

He was born May 2, 1973 at Waconia, Minn., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin M. Bruandt, (Anna L. Hartley).  He was baptized May 2, 1973 at Ridgeview Medical Center, Waconia and confirmed April 12, 1987 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lester Prairie.

He graduated from Lester Prairie High School in 1991. He served 3 years in the Army, was currently in the Army National Guard.  He was employed at AmeriServe as a truck driver which was his lifetime dream.  His main hobby was making more friends and being with family.  He also collected beer steins and mirrors.

He was preceded in death by brother James, grandparents Edwin and Ella Burandt, Benjamin Hartley, sponsor Joe Hartley, uncles Clifford Kahler, Harold Wheeler, Alvie Hartley.

He is survived by parents Anna and Melvin Burandt of South Haven, brother and sister-in-law Timothy and Heidi Burandt of Jacksonville, Florida, sister and brother-in-law Jennifer and Lonnie Lofstedt of Rockford, nieces and nephews Katie, Matthew, Morgan, Kelsey and Trevor, maternal grandmother Sarah Hartley of Maxwell, Iowa, aunts and uncles Pearl and Irvin Menden of Shakopee, Alvin and Flora Burandt of Young America, Marjorie and Lester Lenz of Watertown, Sylvia and Ray Dummer of Mayer, Dennis and Margaret Burandt of Young America, Darlene and Harvey Tesch of Shakopee, Larry and Joyce Burandt of Lester Prairie, Diane and Bruce Kyes of Bismark, N.J., Karen and Marcel Gueningsman of Shakopee, Florence Wheeler of Cambridge, Alice Kahler of Cambridge, Ben and Joann Hartley of Ankeny, Iowa, Pat Taylor of Maxwell, Iowa, Linda and Denny Eden of Solon, Iowa, Wavena Hartley of Nevada, Iowa, Sponsors Sylvia Dummer and Ivan Burandt, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services Satruday, Aug. 15 from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lester Prairie, the Rev. Grant T. Bode officiating.  Interment at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Lester Prairie.

Casketbearers: Company E. First Battalion, 194th Infantry.

Arrangements by Johnson Funeral Home of Waconia.

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AUGUSTA, Ga.- On Thursday, May 6, 2004, Mrs. Jean Honeycutt McCormick went to be the The Lord after an extended period of illness. Graveside funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at Westover Memorial Park with Rev. Robert F. Hunt officiating.

The funeral procession will leave the funeral home at 12:30 p.m.

Mrs. McCormick was born on January 23, 1924, in Charlotte, N.C., moving to Martinez, Ga. in 1954, to operate a dairy farm with her late husband, Mr. John E. McCormick. Mrs. McCormick was valedictorian of the Class of ’42, Harding High School, Charlotte, N.C., as well as the recipient of numerous other awards including the Daughters of the American Revolution Citizenship award. She began working at the age of 18 as secretary to the superintendents of Thompson Orphanage in Charlotte, Pop and Mrs. Whisnant, until she moved to Georgia with her husband and children.

After ending the dairy business in 1961, Mrs. McCormick took a position as an executive secretary at Continental Can Company where she served until her retirement in 1985.

Mrs. McCormick was a Certified Professional Secretary, past president of the National Secretaries Association and Secretary of the Year for 1975. She returned to school and received her BBA degree from Limestone College in 1983, graduating magna cum laude.

She was a devout Christian and a member of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church USA and an ordained elder. She was the best wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend anyone could ever ask for and she will be sorely missed by all who loved her sweet spirit so dearly.

Mrs. McCormick is survived by her three children, John E. McCormick, IV and wife, Marie, Anne McCormick Snider and husband, Stephen and Melinda McCormick Jeffers and husband, Michael; by her grandchildren, David Lee Jeffers, John-Paul McCormick Jeffers (Cory), John Eric Snider, Stephen Samuel Snider, II, Rachael McCormick Griffin, Lorie McCormick Ratliff, Chad Sams and Gendy and Dan Crowden and by four great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be, Frank Carstarphen, Marty Goldman, Cory Jeffers, Tom Lamb, Barry Paschal and Cal Schlein.

The family will receive friends Friday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. at Platt’s Funeral Home, N. Belair Rd., Evans.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 3551 Wheeler Rd., Augusta 30909, the Augusta Rescue Mission, 526 Walker St., Augusta, 30901 or Thornwell Home and School for Children, P.O. Box 60, Clinton, S.C. 20325-0060. Sign the guestbook at

Dennis E. Burandt

Dennis E. Burandt, age 76, of Young America, died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007 at his home.

He was born June 15, 1931 in Mayer, the son of Edwin and Ella (Gatz) Burandt. Dennis was baptized July 5, 1931 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia by the Rev. William Schneider, and confirmed March 25, 1945 at the same church by the Rev. Robert Heyne.

Dennis was united in marriage to Margaret A. Trick Sept. 11, 1954 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Young America by the Rev. W. P. Kramer.

Dennis was a retired member of the Young America Fire Dept., and retired from Eaton Corporation in Eden Prairie. He was currently employed at Medallion Cabinets in Waconia.

He enjoyed gardening and yard care and going to his cabin in Annandale, and was a loving husband.

He is survived by his loving family; wife Margaret “Maggie;” sisters and brothers and their spouses, Pearl Menden of Shakopee, Alvin and Flora Burandt of Young America, Marjorie Lenz of Watertown, Sylvia and Ray Dummer of Mayer, Darlene and Harvey Tesch of Shakopee, Melvin and Anna Burandt of Buffalo, Larry and Joyce Burandt of Lester Prairie, Diane Kyes of Bismarck, N.D., and Karen and Marcel Gueningsman of Shakopee; sisters-in-law Phyllis Livingston of Norwood, Gloria Ware of Waconia, Harriet Trick of Minneapolis, and Carol Trick of Farm Island; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Ella Burandt; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Otto and Irene Trick; brothers-in-law Irvin Menden, Lester Lenz, Bruce Kyes, and Howard Trick; and nephews, James and Torry Burandt.

Funeral service was Sunday, Sept. 23 at 2 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Young America with the Rev. David Winter officiating. Interment was at Mau Memorial Cemetery in Young America.

Casket bearers were Scott Trick, Jeff Trick, Neil Dummer, Fred Lenz, Ivan Burandt, and Kenneth Tesch.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home of Waconia.

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