Dorothy Kleindl


Funeral services for Dorothy Kleindl were held Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Graceville, with Fr. David Breu officating. Burial was at the Graceville Consolidated Cemetery in Graceville.

Dorothy passed away on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 in Fargo, North Dakota, at the age of 79.     Dorothy was born on April 1, 1932 at the Graceville Hospital, daughter of Walter and Rose (Goodhart) Murray. She was raised on a farm near Barry, Minnesota, than moved to a farm in Tara Township, 5 1/2 miles northwest of Graceville. She attended country school through the sixth grade  and then went to St. Mary’s Academy in Graceville.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith.

Dorothy married John H. Kleindl on September 6, 1950 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Collis. They farmed four miles west of Graceville until their retirement then moved into Graceville. They were members of the St. Barnabas Catholic Church until it closed and then belonged to the Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

Dorothy cooked for the Head Start program, cooked four years for the Graceville Public School, and then 28 years for the Senior Citizen Center. She ended up leaving her job to stay at home to care for husband John who had a stroke.

She was also known for doing all the wake suppers for anyone in the community.  Her family was her pride and the joy of her life. She was the one who had all the picnics and family reunions, where her love for her family was     expressed in many ways. She taught that you have to work hard in order to earn and get what you want out of life. Each and every one was touched by her life with love, understanding and many words of wisdom.

Dorothy is survived by her children: Elaine (Don) Johnsrud, Jack (Carol) Kleindl, Greg (Luann) Kleindl, Jean (Terry) Hoppe, Tom (Jan) Kleindl, Larry (Natalie) Kleindl, Debbie (Duane) Richardson; grandchildren: Laurie (Kirk) Kossan, Kevin (Jill) Johnsrud, Shelly (Torey) Issendorf, Tammy (Todd) Hale, Theresa (Tom) Moore, John (Stephanie) Kleindl, Melissa (Cory) Kranz, Sally (Andy) Nelson, Jake (Dani) Kleindl, Eric (Melissa) Kleindl, Chrissy Wills, Danny Kleindl, Jeff Hoppe, Corey (Hallie) Hoppe, Travis (Tiffany) Hoppe, Chad (Ashley) Hoppe, Nicholas Kleindl, Nathan Kleindl, Brittany Kleindl, Kimberly (Lee) Sigler, Kerrie (Ryan) Berg, Kayla (Dario) Fuhrman, Brooke, Gracie; 34 great-grandchildren; sister Eileen Anderson; sisters-in-law, Patsy Murray, Shirley Murray, Theresa (Ron) Pedersdorf, Margaret Billiet, Dorothy A. Kleindl, Margaret Kirkey; brothers-in-law Robert Fossen, Lawerence Kleindl and Francis Kleindl; and many nieces and nephews.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband John H. Kleindl and infant son; parents, Walter and Rose Murray; two brothers, Donald Murray and Vernon Murray; one sister, Betty Fossen; great-grandson Rylan Hoppe; and three baby cherubs.

Pallbearers for the service were Nick Kleindl, Chad Hoppe, Jake Kleindl, Kurt Fossen, Nate Kleindl, Danny Kleindl, Dennis Murray and Randy Murray. Honorary pallbearers were all of Dorothy’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Deb Farewell was the organist and soloists were Shelly Issendorf and Jeff Hoppe.

The Larson Funeral Home of Graceville was in charge of the arrangements.


Don Roiland

Funeral services for Donald Roiland of Chokio, Minnesota were held Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Chokio.

Reverend Gloria J. Anderson officiated. Burial was in Bellingham Cemetery in Bellingham, Minnesota. Military honors were provided by the Chokio American Legion and the Minnesota Army National Guard Honor Guard.

After a courageous fight against cancer, Don died on Monday, April 25, 2011 at Essentia Grace Home in Graceville, having lived to reach the age of 77 years.

Donald Theodore Roiland, son of Theodore “Ted” and Esther (Nelson) Roiland, was born January 2, 1934 in Louisburg, Minnesota, where he began his schooling at a country school. He later went to Appleton High School, graduating in 1952.

Don continued his education at NDSSS in Wahpeton, North Dakota, where he received a degree in business. Don enlisted in the United States Army, serving during the Korean War. He later received an honorable discharge due to an injury.

On September 6, 1959, he was united in marriage to Marjorie Brehmer. The couple made their home in Morris, where Don worked as a bookkeeper for Esser Motors.  In 1962, Don moved his family to Chokio, where he worked for Federated Telephone for two years as an Office Manager and Accountant. In 1964 he became the General Manager.

When Don started, Federated was only ten years old and had been operational for only seven years. He was a pioneer in the Telecommunications Industry and a great advocate for providing state of the art services for rural Minnesota. During Don’s career, services were upgraded from party lines to one-party service.

In 1965, Federated started a major project of burying its aerial cable. The community of Alberta became one of only two RUS (Rural Utility Service) field trials in the Nation to bring fiber optics to the home.

He served on many boards and committees such as MEANS (Minnesota Equal Access Networks), AMTU (Association of Minnesota Telephone Utilities) and IISC (Independent Information Services Corporation) as well as many committees on the state and national level. He was a long term member of the MTA (Minnesota Telephone Association) and served on the board for eighteen years. Don was very instrumental in bringing Onvoy Operator services to Chokio to bring jobs to rural Minnesota. 

Don was also a community minded individual where he volunteered on the local fire department, Chokio Commercial Club and Economic Development Commission, American Legion, school board, and served as treasurer for his church.

He retired in 1998 from Federated Telephone. Following retirement, Don went on to become a licensed realtor, volunteered as a driver for Rainbow Rider, and served on the Steven’s County HRA board. Don enjoyed fishing, hunting, yardwork, farming, and bowling. For the past 40 years, Don’s family spent their summer vacations at the lake, enjoying the time they spent together.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Roiland of Chokio; three sons: Greg (Karen) Roiland of Maple Plain, Bruce (Christine) Roiland of Elk River and Jeff (Jane) Roiland of Willmar; two daughters: Teresa (Jeff) Scheldorf of Chokio and Virginia (Scott) Kurtzweg of Bemidji; 16 grandchildren; three brothers: Alvin (Barb) Roiland of Atwater, Gary (Mary) Roiland of Louisburg and Mark (Mary) Roiland of St. Cloud; four sisters: Marlys (Dick) Gilbertson of St. James, Betty (Jerry) Stensrud of Madison, Wanda (Steve) Daehlin of Spokane, Washington, and Dawn Roiland of Willmar; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Joseph Roiland; and one nephew, Dean Stensrud. Pallbearers for the service are Don’s grandchildren: Megan Roiland, Kayla Roiland, Nathan Roiland, Isabel Roiland, William Roiland, Haley Scheldorf, Andrew Scheldorf, Kirsten Scheldorf, Colten Scheldorf, Katelyn Roiland, Alexander Roiland, Jacob Roiland, Alyson Roiland, Sydney Kurtzweg, Hattie Kurtzweg and Jocelyn Kurtzweg.

Honorary pallbearers are all who called Don friend and members of the Chokio Volunteer Fire Department.  Julene Amborn will serve as organist for the service.  Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangements. To send online condolences to the family please visit or www.