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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Deloris M. Hillmer

August 07, 1929 - January 17, 2020

Funeral Services for Deloris “Dee” M. Hillmer, 90, of Fairmont, MN will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Fairmont.  Burial will be at Lakeside Cemetery in Fairmont.  Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, January 20, 2020, at the Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont and will continue one hour prior to the time of service at the church on Tuesday.  Deloris passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Friday morning, January 17, 2020 at her home in Fairmont.  The Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.

Deloris Maxine (Kliendl) Hillmer was born on August 7, 1929 to John and Sophie (Olson) Kliendl in Blue Earth, MN. She graduated from Blue Earth High School in 1947.

Deloris was united in marriage on October 10, 1953 to Victor Hillmer in Blue Earth. After their marriage, they made their home in Fairmont. Deloris and Victor were blessed with three children, Mark, Scott and Cindy. Deloris worked as the secretary at Lincoln Elementary School in Fairmont for twenty-six years.

Deloris was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Fairmont where she served on various women’s groups. She was diagnosed with mouth cancer in 2003 and before that she enjoyed going out to eat and spending time with her friends. In recent years, her family was her joy, especially watching her great-grandchildren grow. She will also be remembered for her love for shopping, gardening, baking and watching the Minnesota Twins and Vikings.

She is survived by her children, Mark (Paget) Hillmer, Scott (Joyce) Hillmer and Cindy (Kent) Jensen; grandchildren, Kirk (Sarah) Jensen, Katie (Ben) Hardt, Andrew (Chelsey) Jensen, Stacy (Colin) Schulze and Amber (Zach) Jurries; great-grandchildren, Keegan Jurries, Roman Jensen, Rhuana Jensen, Hunter Hardt, Kinnick Hardt, Carver Hardt, Kamden Jensen and Brayden Jensen; and many nieces, nephews and other extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Sophie Kliendl; husband, Victor Hillmer; brothers, Harold (Helen) Kliendl and Darwin Kliendl; and sisters, Dorothy (Lester) Arends, Helen (Chester) Nelson, Elaine (Wes) Classon and Rosey (Al) Murtha.

Richard "Dick" S. Bradley

May 24, 1928 - January 06, 2020

Funeral Services for Richard “Dick” S. Bradley, 91, of Fairmont, MN will be held at 11:00 a.m. January 18, 2020, at the United Methodist Church in Fairmont. Military honors by the Lee C. Prentice American Legion Post #36 and the Martin County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1222 will be held outside the church immediately following the service. Burial will be held at Lakeside Cemetery in Fairmont. Visitation will be held 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on January 17, 2020 at Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Dick passed away Monday morning, January 6, 2020 at his home in Fairmont. Memorials are preferred to the Salvation Army or Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center in Fairmont. The Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.

Richard (“Dick”) Staring Bradley, the founder of Weigh-Tronix, was born on May 24, 1928 in Teaneck, New Jersey, the son of Harry and Evelyn Bradley. He graduated from Tenafly High School in 1946 where he scored the winning touchdown against St. Cecilia High School and its coach, future football giant, Vince Lombardi.

Dick studied aeronautical, electrical and mechanical engineering at Syracuse and New York Universities. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1946 and was awarded Naval Aviator wings in 1950.

While he was stationed out of NAS Jacksonville, assigned to the USS Coral Sea, he met, Mary Elizabeth (“Libby”) Boylin. They were married on December 26, 1951, in Folkston, GA.

Dick was honorably discharged in 1952 and worked on a series of projects over the next 15+ years including the F-105 Thunderchief, the Boeing 707, and the US Air Force “Dyna-Soar”, an early space re-entry concept.

In 1967 he was asked whether it was possible to develop an on-board weighing system for the Arts-Way grinder-mixer. Dick took on the challenge and spent 3 years developing a prototype on his own nickel. The heart of the scale was his patented “Weigh Bar”.

The prototype was a success and Arts-Way’s Board of Directors set up a new division under the name “Weigh-Tronix”. Under Dick’s guidance the company became the 2nd largest scale manufacturer in the world and in 1980 the Board spun it off into a separate publicly-traded company. 

Dick retired in 1990 and experienced the grief of losing Libby in early 1997. 

He married Shirley March in 1998. They enjoyed golf and travel together before she passed away in 2015.

Dick is survived by his sister, Ann Bodin; children, Jim (Jan) Bradley and Richard (Diana) Bradley; his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his step-children, Bob March; Gloria March; Susan (Frank) Carruth; Lisa (Kevin) Six; Shirley’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Dick is preceded in death by his first wife Mary E. “Libby” (d.1997) and his second wife Shirley (d. 2015); parents Harry and Evelyn Bradley; brother Harry and sisters Mary and Ellen; and daughter Sherry L. Bradley (Lunz).

Mark A. MOLENAAR

NOVEMBER 26, 1958 – DECEMBER 6, 2019

Mark Allan Molenaar of Gurnee, IL passed away December 6, 2019 at Highland Park Hospital. Mark was born November 26, 1958 to Virginia Sorenson Molenaar and Allan John Molenaar in Willmar, MN. There he grew up on the family farm the third of four siblings. Mark paid for his college education by growing tomatoes and pumpkins on the farm to sell to local businesses, such as restaurants, grocery stores and even prisons with his younger brother Paul. He loved the family dogs, especially a Dalmatian named Tasha. Mark was a firm believer that living a full life and having a successful career hinged on the pursuit of higher education. He achieved a Bachelor of Science in Astrophysics, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, and a Master's in Business Administration Marketing at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. Even after achieving those degrees, he continued to audit classes at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL studying Classic Literature and History just for fun. He encouraged his 9 nieces and nephews to pursue higher education by giving books to them for Christmas and by attending every single one of their graduation ceremonies from high school and beyond with the exception of only one when he had pneumonia. Mark donated regularly to the University of Minnesota, and invested in Minnesota school bonds, as his way of continuing to support higher education in his home state.

Mark began his career at Motorola in 1984 and continued working for them until 1999. His time at Motorola began in Arizona, then moved to Minnesota and finally settled in Illinois, when he moved to Gurnee, IL. Mark continued his career in semiconductor sales, working for various companies, including Samsung, ST Microelectronics, Bosch, and Intersil/Renesas, ending in 2019.

As a young adult, Mark travelled to Europe a few times and caught the travel bug. In his lifetime he went to Europe over 80 times. During the thirteen years that he worked at ST, he would often need to travel to Europe for a business meeting and would then stay for the weekend before and/or after to explore. Therefore, he often said that he travelled to Europe one weekend at a time. During his travels to Europe, Mark not only visited every nook and cranny recommended by his Michelin Guide, he also discovered that pairing wine from the region where the food was grown, cooked and served was the only way to truly enjoy a meal. He began researching wine and going on wine tasting tours of different regions across Europe and in America. He especially enjoyed focusing on the wines of the Central Coast in California. He also pursued the art of cooking by trying recipes to pair with the wine he collected. His interest in cooking and wine grew over the years and in the end he had a basement filled with an incredible treasure chest of superior wines, aged to perfection, as well as a library of cookbooks from every European region that produced wine. Since he liked to study traditions, he often cooked his four-course meals, each course paired with perfectly aged wine, from a region while it was honoring a certain Saint’s Day, which gave added inspiration to the dinner event.

Mark did not meet his life partner until what some would consider late in life. He met Susan in May of 2015. They found that not only did they have a lot in common, felt a romantic spark, but they connected on a deeper level and became best friends. Mark did not waste time once he knew he found someone special, he invited her to come meet his family over the July 4th holiday weekend and it was there while meeting his family when Susan realized that he was her person. They were engaged in September and married the following summer on July 2, 2016. Many who came to the wedding claimed that it was the best wedding they had ever attended. Mark was a wonderful, caring, thoughtful husband and the marriage was richly filled with love, understanding and compassion.

Mark was extremely close to his family and wanted nothing more than to move back to Minnesota to live closer to them. He drove the six to eight hour drive each way from Gurnee, IL to visit them at their various locations in Minnesota numerous times per year, never missing a holiday or family event whenever possible. He spoke to and about his family often because he held them all in very high esteem and loved them from the bottom of his heart.

Mark was very methodical in researching new activities, ideas and viewpoints before forming an opinion. However, once the opinion was formed, he lived by it wholeheartedly. This attribute translated to his choice in friendships. Once you became his friend, he remained your friend for life. Mark had many strong relationships with dearly beloved friends who were as close as family members to him. Many of those friendships dated back as far as Junior High, College, and his first job at Motorola in 1984. Those friendships held fast, withstanding the test of time and distance throughout his life.

He also enjoyed sports, especially baseball, tennis, and golf. He enjoyed fishing and boating as often as he had the opportunity. Later in life, he also picked up oil painting. He attended a weekly painting class through the local park district for many years and most of his friends and family members have at least one of his paintings proudly hanging in their homes.

Mark will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by his surviving wife: Susan Mary MacPhail of Gurnee, IL; his 3 siblings: Helen Neudecker (Michael) of Little Falls, MN, Jean Cochran (James) of Lakeville, MN, and Paul Molenaar (Shirley) of Willmar, MN; 9 grandnieces and nephews: Maggie (Dusty) and Ashley (Michael) Neudecker, Erin and Ryan Cochran, and Rachael, Rebecca (Kevin), Rosemary, Thomas, and Theresa Molenaar; 4 great grandnieces and nephews: Cora and Natalie Brausen; Lydia and Felix Wilson; 3 Stepdaughters: Christin (Josh) Schild, Jaqueline (Dan) Jacobs and Rosemary Marszalek; 4 Step grandchildren: Caleb, Maggie, and Jax Malloy-Schild; Ezra Fox: His Brother-In-Law: Steve MacPhail; 3 step grandnieces: Kailyn (Jeremy) Strametz, Brynne MacPhail, Taryne (Eulices) Gomez: 2 Step Great grandnieces and nephews: Emma and Elijah Strametz; extended family members such as cousin-in-laws, as well as many new and long-time friends.

Karole A. (Tromanhauser) Hallstrom

February 26, 1962 - December 29, 2019

Funeral services for Karole A. Hallstrom. 57, of Fairmont, MN, will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 2, 2020, at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Fairmont. Burial will be following the service in Lakeside Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the time of service from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 2, 2020, at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Fairmont. Karole passed away Sunday morning, December 29, 2019, at Elmore Assisted Living and Memory Care in Elmore, MN. The Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.

Karole Adele (Tromanhauser) Hallstrom was born on February 26, 1962, in Fairmont, MN, the daughter of Richard and Harriet (Anderson) Tromanhauser. She received her education attending school in Fairmont and graduated from Fairmont High School with the class of 1980. Following her graduation, Karole went on to further her education attending St. Paul Bible College and St. Cloud University.

On December 7, 1985, Karole was united in marriage to Joel Hallstrom. To this union, five children were born, Tucker, Brooke, Jacob, Shane, and Ciara.

Karole worked as a paraprofessional at Lincoln Elementary in Fairmont and at Akron Elementary in Akron, IN. In her spare time, Karole enjoyed reading, sewing and listening to music. Her passion for music was evident in the joy she found volunteering to organize children’s choirs and helping with children’s Christmas programs.

Karole battled cancer for many years and even after recent diagnosis of acute leukemia she never gave up the fight. With her loving family by her side, she bravely faced each day. Her memory lives on in everyone who loved and cared for her.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Tucker Hallstrom (Jen), Brooke Underwood (Ricky), Jacob Hallstrom (Meagan) Shane Hallstrom, and Ciara Hallstrom (fiancé, Casey Koontz); grandchildren, Karley, Wyatt and Amelia Hallstrom, Judah and Huxley Underwood, and Olivia Hallstrom; parents, Richard and Harriet Tromanhauser; brothers, Kyle Tromanhauser (Matilda) and Kurt Tromanhauser; nephews, Kyle Jr and Konnor; nieces, Lauralee Nolte (Tyler) and their son, Brecken and Lindsee Tromanhauser (Jake Helmstetter); as well as other extended family and friends.

Karole was preceded in death by her grandparents, Herbert and Laura (Marquart) Anderson and William and Selma Rowe.

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.