Northfield High School Class of 1965 News

Obituary: Kevin William Otis

Kevin William Otis, 62, of Ruidoso Downs, NM, formerly of Northfield, MN, died August 25, 2010, in Ruidoso Downs, NM.

Kevin William Otis graduated from Northfield High School in 1965 and served four years in the United States Coast Guard, including a tour in Vietnam. He worked as a police officer for the Faribault Police Department. Kevin enjoyed spending his time outdoors hunting and fishing. He was passionate about cooking and his Irish-American ancestry.

He is survived by his sisters, Joan (Howard) Abrahamson of Grand Marais, Nedra ďSkipĒ Mahaney of Elko, and Karen Findley of Santa Teresa, NM; younger brother Tim Otis of Orleans, IN; and two sons, Jonathan (Erin) Otis of Duluth, and Joshua Otis of Minneapolis as well as one special granddaughter, Ceili Otis, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins that he cared for deeply.

A memorial service and celebration of life will be held Saturday, September 11 at Spring Creek Park in Northfield, MN, from 2-6 p.m. with a short service beginning at 3 p.m. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Northfield.


Obituary: David August Peterson

David August Peterson, age 63 of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away peacefully, Wednesday June 30 at his home with family members by his side.

David, formerly of Northfield, was born May 2, 1947, and was married to Cathi Ullom.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, include his two boys, Joshua, of Phoenix, and Eric, of San Francisco; brothers Jack of Paradise Valley, Ariz. and Donald, of Plymouth; sisters, Julie Grier, of Richfield, and Dorothy Peterson, of St. Charles, and one granddaughter.

A celebration of David's life was held in Phoenix in the presence of immediate family and friends.


Obituary: Robert Franklin Tralle, Jr

Robert Franklin Tralle, Jr. age 62 of rural Nerstrand, passed away Monday, July 12, 2010 at his home. Robert was born August 5, 1947 in Northfield, son of Robert and Gladys (Zimmerman) Tralle. He was raised on his parentís farm and graduated from Northfield High School in 1965. He worked as a union millwright for over 30 years throughout the Midwest, working primarily in the powerhouses of food processing factories. He retired in 2003.

Robert loved nature and spending time in his backyard with the many hummingbirds attracted to his feeders and the deer living in the woods. He liked to cruise the back roads capturing wildlife and nature on his camera. He had a green thumb and could make anything grow beautifully and enjoyed taking care of his yard and flower gardens. In addition he took care of his motherís yard and flowers since his retirement.

Robert enjoyed classic cars and car shows and owned many classics of the 60ís and 70ís and was currently restoring a 47 Pontiac. He liked to travel south for the winter to the warmer climate of Puerto Rico where he spent his days relaxing, collecting seashells, and spending time with friends. Per his wishes there will be no service.

Robert Tralle Jr. is survived by his mother Gladys of Northfield; sister Nancy Jo (Larry Lukes) Tralle of Northfield; brother Steven (Pamela) Tralle of Nerstrand; nieces Lisa (Paul) Korbel of Owatonna, Kelly Tralle of Northfield; and great nephews Owen and Easton Korbel. He was preceded in death by his father Robert in 2004.

Funeral arrangements by the Bierman Funeral Home of Northfield


Obituary: Norman Arthur Kaatz

Norman Arthur Kaatz, 62, of Conroe was born October 5, 1947 in Northfield, Minnesota and passed away January 6, 2010 in Conroe, Texas.

He is survived by his wife, Minnie Hazelwood Kaatz; children, Aaron Kaatz of Corpus Christi, Texas , Devin Kaatz of Conroe, Texas, Kimberly Dennison and husband, Schott of Union, Washington; grandchildren, Faith Brimberry, Angela Brimberry, Ashley Dennison all of Union, Washington, Demetrius Kaatz and Jeremiah Kaatz of Corpus Christi, Texas; sister, Sharon Nord and husband Rick of Dundas, Minnesota ; brother, Russell DeMann of Knoxville, Tennessee; numerous other relatives and many friends. He was preceeded in death by his parents, Jared and Evelyn Kaatz of Dundas, Minnesota.

Family will receive friends from 1:00p.m. to 3:00p.m., Friday, January 8th at Living Way United Methodist Church , ( 17555 Highway 242, Conroe, TX 77302 ) with a 2:00p.m . Funeral Service to follow with Rev. Bill Posey officiating. Internment: Dry Creek Cemetery on FM 3083 in Conroe.


Obituary: Brad Carel.

Brad Carel, age 60, loving husband, father, grandfather (Bubba), and friend to everyone he ever met, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, October 29, 2007. He was born to Robert and Helen (Kamish) Carel April 29, 1947 in Northfield , MN. He was a 1965 graduate of Northfield High School. Brad owned and operated Carel Drywall for more than 30 years. His work put him in contact with many people over the years whose lives are better for having known him. He was a gifted athlete and was inducted into the Northfield Hall of Fame in 2004. He loved to lay on the beach in Florida soaking up the sun and especially enjoyed taking trips to the track to watch the horses race.

He married Ginger (Tussing) Carel in 1971. Above all else he was devoted to his wife, daughters, sons-in-law, and grandchildren. Brad is survived by his wife Ginger of Hastings, daughter April (Patrick) McLaughlin of South St. Paul and their children Careline and Braden, Krista (David) Kay of Inver Grove Heights and their children Daniel and Emily, uncle Dan Kamish, brothers and sisters Bruce Carel, Darlene (David) Lindberg, Doug(Gail) Carel, Greg (Becky) Carel, Bob Carel, Donna Duffy, Rick Carel, many nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends.


Obituary: Linda Jones Hesse.

We've received news that our classmate Linda Jones Hesse died Tuesday, August 7, 2007, in Texas. Linda had been confined to a wheelchair for several years, and when she choked during a meal on Saturday, her husband was unable to help her before EMTs arrived. She was in a coma until she died on Tuesday. She is survived by her husband Jim and their daughter Jennifer. Her memorial service will be in Texas.

Her mother, Vi Jones, a resident at the Northfield Retirement Center, told Debbie Freeman Buchbinder that Linda's childhood polio had lead to serious health problems in the past few years, but that she had still managed to visit family in Minnesota as recently as last summer.

She will be remembered by her classmates for her enthusiastic participation in school activities, her wonderful laugh, and her indomitable spirit.


Obituary: Ellie Grier Morisette.

Elinor Morisette, age 60, of Northfield, died on Friday, March 30th, 2007 in Northfield, MN.

Elinor Jane Grier, the daughter of Harold and Mae (Spuhler) Grier was born on February 28, 1947 in Northfield. She attended the Northfield Schools and graduated with the class of 1965 from the Northfield High School. After graduation, Elinor attended Winona State College. In 1972 she was united in marriage to Art Morisette in Northfield. Art passed away suddenly in 1975. Elinor worked at St. Olaf in the Department of Foreign Languages. In 1999, she began working at Carleton College as secretary to the president of Carleton College. Her hobbies included sewing and reading.

She is survived by two brothers, Norman (and his wife, Daryl) of Hubertus, Wisconsin, and John (and his wife, Julie) of Richfield, one sister; Elizabeth Grier of Savage, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Art.

No formal funeral service will be held. Memorials are preferred to the Rice County Humane Society, 1201 Cannon Circle, Faribault, MN 555021 or to the charity of the donor's choice.
Arrangements by the Bierman Funeral Home.


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