Phillip E. Rothwell

Phillip E. Rothwell of Rochester passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at Golden Living East Nursing Home after a brief battle with cancer. Phillip was born in Minneapolis, MN on December 26th 1933 and was raised near Alma, WI.  He married Ila Treder on Febraury 19th 1955.  After moving to Rochester, Phillip worked for Kruse Lumber for many years.  Later, he and Fay Yennie partnered for many years to build many beautiful homes throughout Rochester.  At different times throughout his career as a home builder his three sons were privileged to work with him and Fay. Phillip retired in 1995 from home building yet continued to be active using his woodworking skills to create many crafts and other assorted wood products for friends and family.  In his free time, he enjoyed watching high school sports many times going to games at tournament time even when he did not know any of the players from either team.  He also enjoyed listening to or watching Minnesota Twins games throughout the summer with Ila.  In the fall, Phillip had a passion for pheasant hunting with friends and family and experienced many wonderful excursions.  His hunting passion was passed along to his sons and now to his grandchildren.  Throughout the past several years Phillip always enjoyed going to coffee in the morning to visit with the many friends that gathered each morning to do so. Phillip is survived by his wife Ila, sons, Bruce (Judy), Rochester, Brian (Sheila), Hayfield, Bryce (Nancy), Eau Claire WI and three grandchildren, Bryanna and Brayden, Eau Claire WI, and Lydia, Springfield, IL. He was preceded in death by...

Tasia Nicole Shelly

Tasia Nicole Shelly, 26 of Rochester, passed away unexpectedly on January 30, 2013 at her home in Rochester. Tasia Cappel was born on April 10, 1986 in Rochester to Thomas and Gail Cappel.  She was a 2004 graduate of Dover-Eyota High School. At the age of 16, she began working at Kids Korner in Eyota, MN.  On August 24, 2007, she married the love of her life, Tim Shelly and they were married at her grandparent’s home in Hammond, MN.  The couple made Rochester their home where she enrolled at Rochester Community and Technical College. Tasia had a passion for teaching children and was a good role model for her younger family members. She was loved dearly by all who knew her. Tasia is survived  by her husband Tim, her parents Thomas and Gail (Jostock) Cappel of Eyota, mother-in-law Dianne (Bruce) Harris of Glenwood City, WI, father-in-law Dean (Donna) Shelly of Rock Rapids, IA, brother-in-law Dave Shelly of Springfield, MO, her grandparents Mathew “Jack” and Joanne (Schnell) Jostock of Hammond, a grandmother Romaine Cappel of Rochester,  uncles Tony (Cheri) Jostock of Delray Beach, FL, Ken (Cris) Jostock of Kasson, MN, Jim (Heather) Jostock of Sun Valley, NV, aunts Amy (Earle) Story of Palmdale, CA, Ann Cappel of Rochester, Rebecca (Dave) Schinas of Rangeley, ME, Michelle Cappel of Rochester and nephews Brandon and Dylan.  She is also survived by her three “Kids” (her dogs) Sam, Meg and Sydney. She is preceded in death by her grandfather F.E. Cappel and her uncle William “Bill” Cappel. A celebration of Tasia’s life will be held at 2:00PM on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at...

Elaine T. Beyer

Elaine Tecla Beyer, 84, passed away peacefully the evening of January 25, 2013 at Seasons Hospice, where she was briefly under the watchful care of their staff. Born to Lydia and August Cierzan in Winona, the third of six children, Elaine attended classes at Winona State before graduating from the Kahler Nursing School. She worked as a registered nurse in each of Rochester’s hospitals and then at Assisi Heights. Out of professional respect, her RN title was placed prominently next to her name, even as a patient, through her final hospital admission. Elaine’s nursing vocation included tours of duty in Milwaukee, Chicago and Seattle, before she met and married Leslie James Beyer. Les and Elaine chose Rochester as their home, and shared 54 years together raising and enjoying their family here. Elaine was playing basketball when she first caught the eye of her husband-to-be. They were introduced when Les was on leave from the Army in 1952. Elaine was serious about her career, but in his words “she chased him until he caught her.” Golf, Bridge and her glorious garden provided life-long entertainment for Elaine, but her great joy was her family: daughters Beth (Mike) Nahlovsky of Shakopee, Susan (Al) Lopez of New York City, and son Andrew of Rochester, along with granddaughters Mya Elaine, Haley Anne and Alicia Leslie who are reflections of their grandmother’s strength and spirit. Elaine is survived by sisters Jane VanAlstine, Ruth (Bob) Groenwald, brother William (Marilyn) Cierzan, in-laws Evelyn Cierzan and Joel Fuhrman and many cousins, nieces and nephews; and is proceeded in death by brother James Cierzan, sister Carol Fuhrman, brother-in-law Adrian...

Elaine Laun

Elaine Laun, 78 of Rochester passed on to her heavenly home on January 25, 2013 after a lengthy illness with heart disease. Elaine was born in Morristown, MN on June 19, 1934 to Jesse and Adelaide (Tolzmann) White. She graduated from Morristown Public High School in 1952, from the College of Medical Technology in Minneapolis, and received her certification as a Registered Clinical Laboratory Technician. She was employed by hospitals in Iowa and retired after 30 years with Mayo Clinic in the Lipid Chemistry Laboratory. While working for Mayo Clinic, Elaine earned her AA Degree in biology from Rochester Community College as well as a BA from Winona State University. She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and Autumn Ridge Church. She enjoyed gardening, traveling, and spending time in their home in Florida. First and foremost, was her love for her extended family and collecting and restoring antique furniture. Elaine is survived by her husband Dale, of 58 years, a daughter Sonja (Andy) Ihlenfeldt of St. Paul, three grandsons Sam, Ben, and Paul, siblings Thelma Derby of Bloomington, MN, Jean (Ivan) Ludeman of Richfield, MN, Jerome (Betty) White of Rhinelander, WS, Ione (Lloyd) Doerbaum of Naples, FL, Genevieve Delk of Sacremento, CA, Fred White of Rochester, Ruth Ann (Karl) Pearson of Sacremento, CA, Arvid (Shelly) White of Bloomington, MN, Philip (Kathy) White of Minnetonka, MN, and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, and two sisters, Arlene Engler and Eleanor Erdmann. A special thanks and blessings to the hospice angel who sang, prayed and cared for Elaine over the two years. A...

Curtis C. Eide

The memorial service for Curtis C. Eide will be at 1:00 p.m. Sunday January 27, 2013 in River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home, with the Rev. Linda Helberg officiating.  Visitation will be held one hour before the service at the funeral home on Sunday. Mr. Eide, 76, of Mazeppa, MN formerly of Rochester, died Thursday January 24, 2013 at his home in Mazeppa. Curtis was born June 23, 1936 in Utica, MN to Carl and Lucille (Perry) Eide.  He graduated from Chatfield High School in 1954 and went on to serve in the United States Army from 1960 to 1962 at Fort Benning  Georgia.  On December 5, 1954, he married Sharon Watson in Chatfield. Curtis worked for several construction companies and was forman with Superior Contractors from 1965 to 2000. Curtis was a member of the Lathers Local 396. Curtis is survived by his wife of 58 years, his three sons, Curtis L. (Donna) Eide of Jordan, MN. ; Kent (Kelly) Eide of Rochester; Scott Eide of Bloomington, MN.; daughter Tammy (Randy) Lester of Mazeppa. Six grandchildren, Marshall Eide (Laura Moon) of Rochester; Kendra Eide (Adam Markee) of Rochester ; Ashley (Jeff) Lovell of Redding, Ca. ; Michael Eide (Christie) of Jacksonville, FL.; Jack and Dale Lester both of Rochester and two great grandchildren Marcus Tolbert and Marley Lovell. Curtis is also survived by five sisters, Virginia Tigen of Brainerd, MN; Carmen Odegarden of Rochester; Marge Fix of St. Charles; Karen (Brad) Pervin of Denver, CO.; Karla (Don) Glynn of Jacksonville, FL.; and two brothers, Darwyn (Bonnie) Eide of St. Charles and Dale Eide of Kellogg, MN. Curtis...