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Mark Toetschinger, 55

Memorial services will be held for Mark Toetschinger, age 55 of Mendota Heights, Minn. on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Mendota Heights, Minn. A gathering of family and friends was held one hour prior to the memorial service at church.
Mark passed away at his home in Mendota Heights, Minn. surrounded by his loving family on October 10, 2014.
Arrangements are provided by Karvonen Funeral Home, New York Mills.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to send Mark’s family a message of comfort and support.

Barbara Preuss, 87

Funeral services were held for Barbara Preuss, age 87 of New York Mills on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 1 p.m. at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran in New York Mills.
Visitation was held on Thursday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Barbara passed away at the Elders’ Home in New York Mills, Minnesota on October 12, 2014.
Arrangements are provided by Karvonen Funeral Home, New York Mills.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to send Barb’s family a message of comfort and support.

Patty Jokela, 73

Funeral services were held for Patricia “Patty” Jokela age 73, of New York Mills on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Apostolic Lutheran Church in New York Mills with Pastor Don Salo officiating. The music was sung by the congregation, accompanied by Louise Amberg. Special music was performed by Paul Jokela. The pallbearers were: David Jokela, Donald Jokela, Paul Jokela, Mort Windels, Dale Beyer, and Keith Van Dyke. The honorary pallbearers were all those who know her as “grandma or great-grandma.” Patty was laid to rest in Woodland Cemetery in New York Mills.
Patricia “Patty” Louise Muckala was born on December 25, 1940 in Wadena. Her parents were the late Ernest Wilbert and Elsie Florence (Hanninen) Muckala. Patty grew up in New York Mills and graduated from New York Mills High School with the class of 1958. On July 25, 1959 Patty was united in marriage to Dale Jokela in New York Mills. Their marriage was blessed with four children. Patty and Dale made their home in New York Mills were Patty worked first at Farmers & Merchants State Bank, and then Community Action. She was a co-owner of Dale’s Carpet and Furniture for over 20 years. Patty also worked at the Elder’s Home for 18 years, and she was a foster grandparent at the New York Mills School for two years. She was involved in the New York Mills Band Wagon, Hospital Auxiliary, Eastern Star, and her most favorite organization was the Friends Birthday Club.
Patty enjoyed bowling, flower gardens, crafts, and needle point.
Patty passed away peacefully on October 8, 2014 at the Elders Home in New York Mills surrounded by her loving family. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Preceding Patty in death were her parents, Ernest and Elsie Muckala.
Patty is survived by her husband, Dale; children: Wendy (Mort) Windels, Randy (DeLinda) Jokela; Merry Pat (Dale) Beyer; and Heidi (Keith) Van Dyke; 10 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; brother, Darryl Muckala of West Covina, Calif.; many other relatives and a host of friends.
Arrangements are provided by Karvonen Funeral Home, New York Mills.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to send Patty’s family a message of comfort and support.

Clarence Austin, 75

Visitation was held for Clarence Austin, age 75 of Ottertail on Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 4-6 p.m. with memorial services at 6 p.m. at Karvonen Funeral Home in New York Mills with Pastor Carl Noble officiating. The songs were sung by the congregation, accompanied by Janell Brakel. The honorary pallbearers were his grandchildren. Military Honors were provided by the Charles D. Center V.F.W. Post #3289 of New York Mills. Interment was held in Greenwood Cemetery in New York Mills.
Clarence “Butch” Austin was born on October 20, 1938 in Cresco, Iowa. His parents were the late Arthor and Katherine (Speer) Austin. Butch grew up in the Lime Springs, Iowa area on a farm. Butch contracted Polio in 1952 when he was 13 affecting his legs and throat. Doctors told him to be quiet and rest but he continued to talk. Doctors later attribute Butch’s need for conversation to saving his voice. He was unable to finish school, however in 1956 he joined the Air force where he earned his GED. He served in the United States Air force from 1956-1961. Butch was united in marriage to Madeline “Maggie” Jones in 1961. They resided in Compton, Calif. for a short time and then returned to the Greenleafton, Minn. area to farm. Their marriage was blessed with six children. Butch and Maggie were married for 24 years and later divorced. Butch finally made his permanent home in Ottertail and has lived there for the past 35 years. He was united in marriage to Mae Whipps on Oct 17, 1990 in Detroit Lakes, Minn. They were married for 23 years. Mae passed away on June 3, 2013. Butch worked as a farmer, but also owned and operated a trucking company for several years. He worked at the Frazee and Pelican Rapids turkey plants for about 15 years. Butch would not hesitate to lend a “helping hand” to anyone in need. He could fix anything with a little duct tape and bailing wire. Butch loved his children and grandchildren and had a deep passion for farming, horses and gardening. He grew in abundance and let anyone take what they needed. He loved to sit and visit but not when the Vikings were playing, that was quiet time.
Clarence passed away peacefully with his family by his side on October 7, 2014 at the Perham Memorial Hospital at 75 years of age. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Preceding Clarence in death are his parents; wife, Mae Austin; and step-daughter, Teresa Ness.
Clarence is survived by his son, Kennard (Valerie) Austin; Randi (Mike) Allgood; Shane (Patty) Austin; Kerrie (Steve) Steinbach; Terrie (Tom) Getty; and Shellee ( Earl) Wright; step-children: Kealee Whipps and Dalas (Rosa) Whipps; a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren;  brother, Wayne (Carol) Austin; sister, Annalee (John) Crawford; nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
Arrangements are with the Karvonen Funeral Home of New York Mills.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to send Clarence’s family a message of comfort and support.

Paul Bosen, 92

Paul Bosen, 92, of Henning, died October 7, 2014 at Murphy House Clitherall. He was surrounded by his family, while under the care of Mary Murphy and Lakeland Hospice. Paul Rueben Bosen was born June 15, 1922 in Battle Lake, to Peter and Amy (Erickson) Bosen.  He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran of Battle Lake.  He attended grades 1-12 in Battle Lake High School.
On October 25, 1943 he married Elsie Christenson and to this union two children were born; Jerry and Bonnie. Paul was a devoted father and made it his life’s mission to raise his children.  He was also known to have a car full of their friends.
Paul went onto serve his country in August, 1942 to December, 1945.
He was a sergeant and a Telegraphic Technician while stationed in Italy.  After his tour of duty, he returned to farming near Vining, worked for ACS Farm Program and served on the School Board District of 133.  He then quit farming and went to work at Mark Sand and Gravel where he served on the Union Board.   He retired after 21 years.
Paul fell in love - and on December 17, 1976 - he married Lucy Knutson and gained four daughters; Diane, Debbie, Darlene and Dawn.  Paul continued that same early devotion and passion to family and was a wonderful father to his six children. In 1991 Paul and Lucy retired to “Girard Paradise.”
Paul was known for his wit, honesty, and the many “pocket angels” and “Red Hearts” he gave to family and friends. He was most happy playing tricks on his family, grandchildren and friends. He also loved ice fishing with his best friend Cliff West and his grandchildren. He especially loved and enjoyed going for coffee and supper with Lucy.
Paul is survived by his wife Lucy, his sister Polly Kubie, son Jerry (Claudette) Bosen, daughters Bonnie (Boyd) Olson, Diane (Don) Beastrom, Deborah (Bruce) Nelson, Darlene (Joe) Gladhill, Dawn (Dan) Erickson, his 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, a special niece Vicky who called him “dad,” and many other wonderful nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his brothers; Harold, Lawrence, Ed, Bill and Fritz, his sisters; Stella, Gladys and Mabel.
Arrangements were provided by Belmont Funeral Home, Henning.
Please visit www.belmontfuneral.com to send Paul’s family a message of comfort and support.