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Sharon Lee Hoeft
January 4, 1935 - November 7, 2019

ROCHESTER — Sharon Lee Hoeft, 84, of Rochester, passed away peacefully Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, at her home. A celebration of her life will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 869 7th Ave. SE in Rochester, Minn., with Rev. Ben Loos officiating and Rev. Craig Quiring co-officiating. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of the service. Burial will be in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Cemetery, Loon Lake, Minn. Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Hoeft family. To share a memory or condolence, please visit

Sharon was born Jan. 4, 1935, in Mankato, Minn., to Myron and Doris (Johnson) Kammerer. She was a graduate of Mankato High School and attended Gustavus Adolphus College. On March 9, 1954, Sharon married Lee Hoeft. Sharon enjoyed camping, traveling and vacationing with her family, especially to the beach. She was an avid reader, a fantastic cook and loved to entertain. She was generous with her time, volunteering as a cub scout leader and later in life was a comfort to others as she volunteered with Hospice. Sharon was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Fairmont, Minn., St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Loon Lake, Minn. and a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Rochester, Minn. She was very active in church and also supported Lutherans for Life. Sharon was a spirited woman in a multitude of ways, believed in the power of prayer and had an immeasurable strength. She was strong willed, had a great sense of humor and was very proud of the family she raised. She is survived by her children, Leesa (Mike) Scott of Madelia, Minn., Marcie (Craig) Quiring of Coon Rapids, Minn., Vicki Hoeft Paskey of Fairmont, Minn., Bonnie Wolter Stadnick of Rochester, Minn., Kelly (Mark) Adamson of Oronoco, Minn., Dori (Doug Owings) Hoeft of St. Cloud, Minn., and Lee Paul Myron Hoeft of Rochester; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and brother, Gary (Laurie) Kammerer. Sharon was preceded in death by her loving husband, Lee; son, Jess Hoeft; and her brother, Brian Kammerer. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Interim Hospice for their kind and compassionate care.

Geneva A. Barnett

March 19, 1934 - November 02, 2019

Funeral Service for Geneva A. Barnett, age 85, of Oriental, NC, formerly of Jackson and Fairmont, MN, will be 10:00 am on Monday, November 11, 2019, at the Lakeview Funeral Home Chapel in Fairmont. Visitation will be 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Sunday, November 10, at the Lakeview Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be in Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Spirit Lake, IA, with a lunch following at Keelson Harbor Assisted Living in Spirit Lake. Geneva passed away on Saturday morning, November 2, 2019, at her son’s home in Oriental, NC. The Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements. 

Geneva Annabelle “Nib” (Stueve) Barnett was born on March 19, 1934, in Loveland, IA. She was the daughter of Arthur and Golda (Hoyt) Stueve.  She attended school in Dolliver, IA. 

In 1950, Geneva was united in marriage to Robert Barnett. This union was blessed with four children, Alisha, Robert, Douglas, and Debra. The family resided in Fairmont for twenty-four years. The couple later divorced. 

Geneva worked at 3M in Fairmont for fourteen years. In 1976, she became an insurance agent for over twenty years until her retirement in 1996. Geneva later moved to Jackson, MN, in 1998. During her free time, she enjoyed playing cards and Keno, traveling, dancing, playing a homemade family board game called “Wahoo”, as well as playing basketball in her younger years. Geneva also enjoyed her family and her special friend Leland, who traveled with her to many places and who was always so kind and helpful to her. She most loved the time she was able to spend taking care of her grandchildren. Her love of family shows in something she wrote that states: “What a wonderful life. What a joy I have had, having my four children and grandchildren and my brothers and sisters, and wonderful friends – (for the good times.) My family and friends have been my life. Wonderful memories and fun times as a new addition joined us. Bless them all.”

Left to cherish her memory include her children, Alisha Paur of New Bern, NC, Robert Barnett and wife, Ginger, of Oriental, NC, Douglas Barnett of California, and Debra Petersen and husband, Craig, of Dunnell, MN; grandchildren, Mickie Bosshart and Jim, Robert Barnett and Tiffany, Lorinda Barnett, David Barnett, Sara Pawlik and Michael, Anna Randall, Rosalyn Rode and James, Jessica Summers, and Andrew Petersen; 24 great grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; special partner, Leland Koehlmoos of Spirit Lake, IA; sister, Gloria Cargil of Coon Rapids, MN; many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. 

Along with her parents, Arthur and Golda Stueve, Geneva was preceded in death by her brothers, Gerald, Gail, Grover, Gordon, Gene, and Glen Stueve; sisters, Greta, Gretchen, and Genelle; and aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

Michael B. Cochran

Cochran, Michael B. Age 72 passed away on 10/17/2019 from cancer. Mike started this journey on Aug. 10, 2018 and said "Don't cry for me, I have lived a full life, have done more than most people and have no regrets. I have been to the top of the Eiffel Tower, ran with the bulls in Pamplona, spent 3 months hitchhiking through Europe, caught a 200# Marlin off the coast of Mexico and many 30" Walleyes in Canada."

Mike graduated from West High in Minneapolis in 1964, volunteered for the United States Marine Corps in 1966 and served in Vietnam. He was a radio operator attached to a helicopter squadron, based at Marble Mountain on the outskirts of DaNang. After Mike completed his service duty, he enrolled at the U of M and graduated with a BS degree in Business. Mike always said he was privileged to have a career doing what he enjoyed: designing and installing more than 13,000 closet organization systems in homes throughout the Twin Cities.

Mike is survived by his loving wife, Arlene and children, Patrick (Emily), Kathryn (Greer) Montgomery and four beautiful granddaughters, Savannah, Elia, Hazel and Clara. His father, Gaun Cochran; mother, Betty Ratner and sister, Rocel Kingman preceded Mike in death.

The family wishes to acknowledge the exceptional care Mike received at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis, his Oncology doctor, Dr. Waseem Touma, and the wonderful care and compassion he received from the infusion nurses at 3F-127 as well as his Allina Hospice Team.

Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 AM Friday, November 1 with visitation beginning at 10:00 AM at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie. Interment Fort Snelling.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to any cancer research organization. Cancer can be cured.

Marcelene M. Meyer

December 06, 1934 - October 30, 2019

Memorial Service for Marcelene M. Meyer, age 84, of Fairmont, MN, will be 10:00 am on Saturday, November 2, 2019, at the Lakeview Funeral Home Chapel in Fairmont with inurnment in Fairview Memorial Park in Fairmont. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the Lakeview Funeral Home. Marcelene passed away on Wednesday morning, October 30, 2019, at Seasons Health Care in Trimont, MN. The Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.

Marcelene Mae (Buchmeier) Meyer was born on December 6, 1934, in Fairmont, MN. She was the daughter of Henry and Ella (Barvels) Buchmeier. She received her education in Fairmont and graduated from Fairmont High School.

On June 4, 1952, Marcelene was united in marriage to Marland Meyer in Fairmont where they continued to share their lives together.This union was blessed with three daughters, Loni, Lynn, and Lina. Marcelene and Marland shared over sixty-five years together before Marland passed away on February 19, 2018. 

Marcelene worked at various jobs including Koenig’s, J.C. Penny’s as well as for over thirty-four years at Stokley-Van Camp.She was a long-time member of Grace Lutheran Church in Fairmont. Marce enjoyed reading and working on word search puzzles but her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

Left to cherish her memory include her daughters, Loni Meyer of Fairmont, MN, Lynn (S.D.) Heidecker of Mankato, MN, and Lina (William) Wiebe of Fairmont, MN; grandchildren, Nicholas (Lisa Mutchler) Heidecker, Nathan (Jennifer) Heidecker, Ariel (John Thell) Wiebe, and Marcus Wiebe; many other extended family and friends. 

Along with her parents, Henry and Ella Buchmeier, Marcelene was preceded in death by her husband, Marland Meyer; grandson, Joshua; sister, Joyce Probst; and brothers, Roy Buchmeier, Harold Buchmeier, and Henry “Hank” Buchmeier.

Michael Garry

May 10, 1924 - October 18, 2019

Fairmont, MN

Funeral Mass for Michael Garry, 95, of Fairmont, MN, will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 26, 2019, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Fairmont, followed by a luncheon at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Fairmont, MN.  Graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday in Calvary Cemetery in Blue Earth, MN.  Visitation will be 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 3:30 p.m. and a Prayer Service at 7:30 p.m. followed by refreshments and recollections on Friday, October 25, at the Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont and will continue one hour prior to the time of service at the church.  Mike passed away Friday, October 18, 2019.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to SJV Endowment Fund or the Martin County Historical Society.  The Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.

“Everybody was always good to me,” Mike Garry said, the evening before he died, and as he paged through a scrapbook of youthful memories.  “And they still are,” he added, looking up with the smile that displayed his unceasing gratitude for the life he had been given.

There were never strangers in Mike’s life – only new acquaintances of whom he had not yet had a chance to ask his portfolio of questions.  People were good to Mike, and he was so grateful for all their kindness, but perhaps they were so kind because he treated them like family.

Mike Garry passed away on October 18, riding in the front seat of his car next to his son.  At the time of his death, his interest in people and love of his community was as strong as ever.  Traffic in Fairmont will move more smoothly now that Mike no longer insists that his driver proceed at a speed slow enough for him to recollect all the family histories of all the occupants of all the houses driven past.  And when he went out to lunch, he studied the city address book and parish directory.  He never wanted to forget a name or face.  One of his greatest joys was serving as greeter for the Knights of Columbus breakfasts, where he could be assured of talking to every single person who came in the door.

Michael was 95 years old, but had the energy of a 45 year-old.  During the time it took to get dressed in the morning, he would dictate five or six different projects to the family member with him.  And when he could no longer get out as easily as he once could, he became a letter-writer, hoping to spread his encouragement and support to those he thought needed it.  His published essays tried to convey a sense of optimism and purpose.  Michael believed in hope, and he did what he could to spread it.  Never did anyone hear Michael say, “I’m too tired to do that,” or “I just don’t feel like it,” or “Let’s just sit and relax.”  According to another of his writings: “Even a woodpecker owes his success to the fact that he used his head and keeps pecking away until he finishes the job.”

Not once did Michael ever say he wished he had lived anywhere other than Martin County.  His father’s parents, both born in Ireland, came to Martin County in 1868.  His mother’s parents (James and Ella Gorman) trekked on foot from LaCrosse, Wisconsin and settled on a farm located several miles from the farm the Garry family would later homestead.  Michael would always identify with the immigrant identity.

Michael’s mother, Gertrude Gorman, started teaching at a country school after her sophomore year in high school.  She married Michael’s father in 1911.  After a year of marriage, Michael’s father became a grain elevator owner and operator, moving to four different towns in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa before coming back to Fairmont in 1936.  Michael was 12 years old at the time, and would live in Fairmont for the rest of his life, with the exception of his four years of college at the University of Notre Dame.

He grew up during the Great Depression, amidst all the poverty and deprivation of that time.  But it didn’t dent his hope in life.  He always said, “your life is what is given you, make the most of it.” He cherished the family in which he grew up.  As he wrote in a letter to his children, his family name meant everything to Michael:

My dad was a hardworking, honest, faithful and caring man and I am honored to share my name with him.  Sometimes I catch myself in a “Dad’s moment” using a phrase he would have used in a similar situation.  Years ago that would have annoyed me, but I have grown into my name.  I have come to appreciate and love the way my dad was, and in turn, his example gave me a good life.  My mother was very strong mentally and physically worked so hard when I was young; we lived on the second floor apartment over a store, that had 12 foot ceilings and no water was piped to the apartment. She had to carry all the water up the steps from the first floor store.  Her faithful performance day after day has been an inspiration to me . . . I love that my name encompasses both sides of my family: Garry for my dad’s side, Gorman for my mom’s.  I am tall like the Garry’s, and maybe act like a Gorman. Regardless of whatever else changes in my life, it will always be my name.  In the end though, it is my most important possession, my biggest source of pride.

Michael owned and operated Garry Elevator, Inc. for forty years, before selling it in 1986.  His success came in part from his enthusiasm and constant desire to learn.  Even the day before he died, he kept asking questions about what kinds of yields farmers were getting in this year’s harvest.  (Just as years earlier, he would ask his traveling children to pull their car over on the highway and trudge into adjacent fields to pick ears of corn and bring them home.)   He never sat at a table without a newspaper or magazine in front of him, and never wore a shirt without a pen in the pocket. 

Michael’s interests and activities were hardly confined to his job.  His love for his church and community inspired endless volunteer projects, a list of which appears below.  And yet, anyone who knew Michael knew that he wasn’t defined by his activities and projects.  He was, as we all remember, defined by how eagerly he smiled at the sight of a friend; how much he could not wait to meet that new person sitting next to him; how much he was interested in every person to whom he was talking.  As he once wrote, “over a lifetime your contribution in this world will not be measured so much by what you have accomplished but rather by what you have stood for as a person.”

This is not, of course, to say that he didn’t believe in projects.  He never hosted a family event without including a corresponding service project.  For years, his children and grandchildren spent their Christmas Eves delivering Meals on Wheels or playing music for the Salvation Army Christmas lunch.

Despite the unbounded breadth of his interests, Michael’s life rested on one consistent pillar: his Catholic faith.  He once described faith as “the bird who sees the light and sings while the dawn is still dark.”  He loved the story of the talents in the Gospel of Matthew.  As he wrote to a confirmation student he was advising: “What you do with your talents is your gift to God.”  And in one of the notes he composed during his late-night writing sessions, he wrote “The things we give back to God are the only things we keep for eternity.”

To Michael, faith was the one true inheritance passed on by his ancestors, and he did everything he could to preserve and pass on that inheritance.  As he said of his parents, “they would only live in a town with a Catholic school for their children.”  It was his faith that inspired his commitment to the Knights of Columbus, an organization to which he belonged for half a century and devoted endless effort, cherishing the friendship and comradery of his fellow Knights.  And it was Michael’s faith that led him and his wife Liz to pioneer the nation’s first parochial school endowment for St. John Vianney School. 

It was his faith that prompted his daily Rosary.  And his faith that filled his lips with prayer during his last moments of life.

His family will miss him tremendously, just as he missed his deceased family members and his beloved wife, Liz.  At 95 years old, Mike still took care of his family as much as he did at 40.  His sharp wit and broad smile made him a joy to be with.  It was an indescribable privilege and blessing for his family to have as many years and as many memories as they had with him.

We will remember his words: “Be involved; the world needs the best you’ve got to offer – pray for grace.” 

If one’s life can be measured by the degree that he will be missed by those who knew and loved him, Mike could not have lived a better life.

Michael is survived by the eight children he raised with his wife Elizabeth: daughter, Mary Jane Hellyar (Ken) of Rochester, NY, and their children Christopher (and his son Jonathan) and Alice; son, Patrick Garry of Vermillion, SD; daughter, Kate Boyle (John) of Minneapolis, MN, and their children Jeffrey (Amy and their children Louis and George) and Joseph; son, Daniel Garry (Mary) of Eagan, MN, and their children Glynnis, John, Grace, and Patrick; son, Thomas Garry (Kim) of Fairmont, MN, and their children Jessica and Marissa Studniski (Troy and their son Tristen); daughter, Maureen Maus (Paul) of Salt Lake City, UT, and their children Katherine and Jane; son, Joseph Garry of Eagan, MN, and his children Michael and Monica; daughter, Anne Betts (Jeffrey) of Minneapolis, MN, and their children Sarah, Stephen, Jack, and Rachel. Michael was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Elizabeth; parents, Michael J. and Gertrude Garry; and sisters, Dorothy Scheuring and Frances Hilger.

A Sampling of Michael’s Activities

  • Board Member of St. John Vianney School
  • Founding Director of St. John Vianney Endowment Fund
  • Grand Knight, State Treasurer, State Warden, Knight of the Year Award, and 4th Degree Knight, Knights of Columbus
  • Delegate to 1958 and 2010 Supreme Council, Knights of Columbus
  • Founding Director of Minnesota Knights of Columbus Scholarship Fund
  • President of Fairmont Community Hospital Foundation
  • Board Member of Partners in Education
  • Recipient of Fairmont Exchange Club Golden Deeds Award
  • Founding Director of Fairmont Foundation
  • Director of Fairmont High School Band Boosters
  • Board Member of Fairmont United Fund
  • President and Director of Southern Minnesota Grain Elevator Managers Association
  • Director and Treasurer of Martin County Historical Society
  • Director, Fairmont 1st National Bank Board of Directors
  • Board Member of Dollars for Scholars
  • Founding Member of Fairmont Exchange Club
  • Vice-President of Salvation Army Board
  • SCORE Advisor
  • Scoutmaster of Troop 60
  • President of Friends of Cedar Point for North Star Council
  • University of Notre Dame Alumni Class President
  • Appointed Notre Dame District Chairman by Father Hesburgh, President of Notre Dame
  • Board Member of College of St. Benedict Parent’s Council
  • Author, four books and numerous newspaper essays


Please join the family in a public Rosary for Michael Garry on Friday, October 25 at 3:30 pm at Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont, followed by visitation from 4:00 to 8:00 pm.  (A short prayer service will be held at 7:30, followed by refreshments and recollections.)  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John Vianney Catholic Church on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 10:30 am, with visitation an hour prior to Mass.  A lunch will follow Mass at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Fairmont.  The burial will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Blue Earth on Sunday, October 27.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to SJV Endowment Fund or the Martin County Historical Society.

Gloria Scott

March 01, 1929 - October 15, 2019

Fairmont, MN

Gloria Scott, age 90, died peacefully at her home in Fairmont, Minnesota on October 15, 2019 surrounded by family. A private family funeral service was held at Grace Lutheran Church on October 18. In the spring, there will be a celebration of life for Gloria.

Born March 1, 1929 in Ortonville, Minnesota, Gloria was the daughter of the Reverend Arling and Ingeborg (Stokke) Thompson. Gloria grew up in Blue Earth, MN where she graduated from high school. Gloria attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.  

Gloria was united in marriage to Kenneth E. Scott at Trinity Lutheran Church, Blue Earth, MN on January 22, 1950. 

Throughout her life, Gloria was a faithful member of her church. Things of special importance to her were singing in the Grace Lutheran Chancel Choir, being a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood for 68 years and volunteering at the Fairmont Hospital for more than 50 years. Gloria especially treasured time with her family and many friends. 

Left to cherish her memory include husband, Ken; children Mary Ellen Scott of Hopkins, MN, Mark Scott of Palm Springs, CA, Susan Rae (David) of Excelsior, MN, grandchildren Sophie Rae and  Chloe Rae of Excelsior, MN; sister Marilyn Nielsen of Fairmont, MN; sisters-in law Margaret Tyler and Winifred Scott of Columbia, Missouri; nieces and nephews Matthew Nielsen (Jennifer), Tom Tyler (Emily), Bob Tyler, Marnie Tyler (Brad Halstead), Howard Ambrus (Brandy), Michael Scott, and Rina (Charlie) Leon; great-nieces and great-nephews.  

Gloria was preceded in death by her parents, in-laws Kenneth W. and Marian Scott,  brothers-in-law Ken Nielsen and Richard Tyler, and nephew John Tyler.  

Memorials may be made to Grace Lutheran Church or a memorial of your choice.

45th Class Reunion Preliminary Plans

Plans have begun for our 45th (gasp!) reunion! Linda (Thate) Eisenmenger asked me to let you know some of the PRELIMINARY plans:

  • The school doesn’t have the calendar done for the 2020/2021 school year, but they did say Homecoming for this year will LIKELY be 9/25/20. Linda looked at the Yacht Club website and found the rental to be quite reasonable ($400 for non-wedding related and $1400 for a wedding reception).
  • So tentatively set aside September 25th, 2020 for the Homecoming parade and game, and the Yacht Club for September 26th for an informal gathering.
  • Some reunion ideas would involve a tour of the high school, maybe a downtown tour, a visit to the historical society, maybe some pontoon rides around the lakes (weather permitting), appetizers and BYOB for the Yacht club event.
  • Linda is looking for volunteers to help make the gathering a success.  Linda (Roalson) Yesnes and Julie (Swenson) Andrews have already volunteered. The more, the merrier! You can respond to Linda by phone at (507) 235-3142 or email LINDA@LTECPA.COM.