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Carson A. Sommer, 46, of South St. Paul, born April 21, 1963, passed away unexpectedly on June 24, 2009. Son of Coy and Melissa Bauer, he is also survived by father Peter Damico; sisters Deborah (Michael Wallraff), Rochelle Busch, Mary (Brad Sparish), Melissa (Robert Zuzek); daughter Brooke; granddaughter Yvette; many nieces and nephews; best friend Joanie Knauss and special pal Max. Former Cottage Grove resident and Park High graduate, Carson enjoyed fishing and outdoor activities, but his passion was cooking. He hasd been a cook at several local restaurants where he had many friends.
Darcy L. Lawson, 43, of Cottage Grove, passed away July 15, 2009. Celebration of Life Reception will be held at USW #662 Union Hall 18990 Goodwin Ave. Vermillion, MN 55033 starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday July 25, 2009. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Mayo Clinic at Department of Development Mayo Clinic 200 1st. St. S.W. Rochester, MN 55905. Kok Funeral Home, 651-459-2875.
Richard Palbicki, age 53, of Cottage Grove, passed away peacefully surrounded by family after a brief battle with cancer on July 11, 2009. Richard was born July 3, 1956 in Winona. He graduated from Winona Cotter High in 1974 and the University of Wisconsin- LaCrosse. In 1999 he was united in marriage with Dana Lee Nies. Rick was an active church member. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren. Rick loved to cook and travel. He will be remembered for his unbelievable sense of humor. Rick was currently employed by Sara Lee.
Richard "Dick" Willmert, 78, died at his home in Austin July 10. Survivors include wife, Lorraine, Austin; children, Diane (Mike) Gilbert, Rochester, Rick (Julie) Willmert, Cottage Grove, Ruth (Vance) Oelkers, Darlene (Randy) Duholm and Debbie (Mike Marcks) Willmert, Austin, Rita Seha, Rochester; daughter-in-law, Margaret "Margi" Willmert, Mankato; 14 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; siblings, Bryan (Mary) Willmert, Orlo (Jean) Willmert, Justine Willmert; sister-in-law, Barb Willmert all of Albert Lea. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, David and Randy; granddaughter,
Richard "Dick" Willmert, 78, father of Rick (Julie) Willmert of Cottage Grove, died at his home in Austin, Minn. on July 10, 2009. Funeral services 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 15, 2009, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church with Rev. Warren Schmidt officiating. Interment following the service at Grandview Cemetery, rural Austin with military honors by American Legion Post #91. Visitation from 4-7 p.m., Tuesday, July 14 at Worlein Funeral Home and for one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.
Richard Palbicki, age 53 of Cottage Grove, passed away peacefully surrounded by family after a brief battle with cancer on July 11, 2009. Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 15 at St. Rita's Catholic Church, 8694 80th St. S., Cottage Grove. Urn Placement Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation 4-8 p.m. Tuesday with a 7:30 prayer service at church. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred. Arrangements Kok Funeral Home, phone 651-459-2875.
Darin M. Hartman, 38, of Newport, 1987 Woodbury High School graduate, passed away on Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at his home in Newport following a short illness.
October 11, 1932 ~ July 4, 2009 Ervin J.
Mark W. Crooks, 41, of Cottage Grove, passed away on Monday, June 29, 2009 at his home following a courageous battle with cancer. Mass of Christian Burial was at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 2 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in St. Paul Park, with the Reverend Greg Esty, officiating. Visitation was after 8:30 a.m. until service time Thursday at the church. Burial was in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis. The Kok Funeral Home of Cottage Grove is in charge of the arrangements ( www.kokfuneral.com ). Mark W.
May 5, 1934 ~ June 28, 2009 Dave Langevin, of Cottage Grove, died unexpectedly. Preceded in death by wife Grace; brother Daniels; parents John and Ann. Beloved father of Michael (Mary), James (Pam), Anne, Mary Peper; grandpa of John (Katelynn), Jennifer, Jacob, Jake, Grant, Alexandra; great-grandpa of Hannah Grace. After graduating from Hankinson High School, Dave served in the United States Army. He attended St. John's University, the University of Minnesota and William Mitchell College of Law. Dave was an attorney with private practice offices in Cottage Grove and Newport.