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Obituaries from the week of March 29, 2000Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880

Kurt A. Hanson, 30

Funeral services were held on March 25, 2000 for Kurt A. Hanson at the Almlie Funeral Home in Balaton. Reverend Ken Culbertson officiated with organist Judie Graffunder.

Kurt Anthony Hanson was born November 25, 1969 to Gerald J. and Betty (Johnson) Hanson in Lyon County, Marshall, Minnesota. He grew up in Marshall and received his education attending Marshall Public School. As an infant, he was baptized into the Lutheran faith on December 28, 1969, and later confirmed on April 28, 1985.

Kurt married Heather Brooks in Cambridge, Minnesota. Following their marriage, they moved to Balaton, Minnesota in 1997.

Kurt had hoped to become a graphic artist, and attended Cambridge Community College, and Brown Institute in Minneapolis for a short time. He loved his children and enjoyed activities with them. In addition, he liked being outdoors, skate boarding, hunting, playing his guitar, reading and playing chess.

Kurt passed away on March 10, 2000 at the age of 30 years.

His survivors include his wife, Heather, one daughter, Katrina, three sons, Brian, Kyle and Daniel, of Balaton, MN; his mother, Betty Hanson of Marshall, MN; three brothers, Karl (Angela) Hanson, Russell, MN; Gene Hanson, James Hanson of Balaton, MN; one uncle, Robert Johnson, Aurora, CO; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceding him in death were his grandparents and father, Gerald Hanson.

Interment was at the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Balaton with Almlie Funeral Home handling arrangements.

Winifred Hillger, 84

Winifred “Winnie” Hillger, 84, of Asheboro, N.C. died Tuesday, March 7, 2000, at the home of her son Fred in Asheboro, N.C.

A memorial will be held at the Morgan United Methodist Church at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 5, 2000.

She was born to Lawrence and Ethel Peterson on September 27, 1915. She was a graduate of Tracy High School, a graduate of Mankato State College, and an elementary school teacher in the Morgan area for years.

She married Wilbert “Bill” Hillger, June 27, 1946 and had been a long time resident of Morgan until she moved to Asheboro, NC in 1989.

She enjoyed her volunteer work that she did for Hospice and the zoo in Asheboro. Making trips to Minnesota every year to spend time with family and friends.

Surviving are sons, Fred and wife Diane of Asheboro, NC, Marlow of Johnston, IA, Bryan and wife Jeanne of Tracy, MN, Douglas and wife Melissa of Morgan; sister Gwen and husband of Asheboro, NC; seven grandchildren; one great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1986, her parents, and her brother Burdette.

Memorials may be made to Hospice at:

Hospice and Home Care, 100 Fallwood Road, Redwood, MN 56283.

Lois E. Mitzner, 84

Funeral services were held for Lois E. Mitzner of Balaton, MN, on Saturday, March 25, 2000 at St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Balaton. Pastor Mark Zander officiated. Organist was Lovilla Schlenker.

Casket bearers were Jon Mitzner, Dan Kirk, Kraig Mitzner, Terry Schallert, Randy Mitzner, Eric McKenzie and John Lunsford.

Lois Eleanor Mitzner was born February 8, 1916 on the family farm in Clifton Township, Lyon County, Minnesota to Sidney T. and Dora (Knieff) Manguson. She attended country school, District #98 and graduated from Marshall High School in 1933. Lois was baptized and confirmed in September of 1934 at Christ Lutheran Church, Marshall, MN.

On February 24, 1935 she and George T. Mitzner were married on the Mitzner farm in a triple marriage ceremony, along with George's two brothers. They began farming north of Balaton and later purchased their farm west of Balaton in 1945. Lois remained on the family farm until 1999 when she became a resident of Colonial Manor in Balaton, MN. While visiting her son Gary in California, she passed away March 20, 2000 following a short illness. At the time of her death she was 84 years old.

Lois was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church where she was active in the Ladies Aid, in addition to the Goodwill Club and the SunnySide Extension Club. She enjoyed traveling, reading and playing cards.

Her survivors include one daughter, Joan (Dave) Baack, Slayton, MN; two sons, Dean (Phyllis) Mitzner, Balaton, MN; Gary (Carol) Mitzner, Canyon Country, CA; one brother, Allen Manguson, Balaton, MN; two sisters, Neva Manguson, Golden Valley, MN; Nyla Milton, Marshall, MN; 8 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 5 step grandchildren; 7 step great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceding her death were her parents, her husband George in 1983, and two brothers, Lester and Arnold Manguson.

Interment was at St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery of Balaton with Almlie Funeral Home handling arrangements.

Irene Schroeder, 75

Irene M. (Petersen) Schroeder, 75, of Longview, died March 6, 2000, at her winter home in Apache Junction, Ariz.

She was born Jan. 5, 1925, in Revere, MN to Henry and Anna Hoffrogge, and had lived in Longview since 1970, coming from Vancouver.

She and her first husband, Ivy Petersen, were married Jan. 6, 1945. He died in 1983. On July 5, 1986, she married Donald P. Schroeder Sr.

She worked in Vancouver and Longview for Pacific NW Bell and AT&T for 36 years, retiring June 1, 1986.

Memberships included the Longview Women of the Moose and the RV Rolling Eagles. She loved camping, fishing, flowers, birds and sewing.

Survivors include her husband, Donald, at home; four sons, Ronald C. Petersen of Silverdale, Wash., Charles J. Petersen of Apache Junction, Dana S. Petersen of Kelso and Jeffrey L. Petersen of Battle Ground, Wash.; six stepchildren, Donald P. Schroeder Jr. of Houston, Texas, Gerald A. Schroeder of Kelso, Theresa M. Ames of Longview, Patrick J. Schroeder of Mesa, AZ, Mary K. Coons of Longview and Thomas A. Schreoder of Vancouver; three brothers, Arthur Hoffrogge of Tracy, MN, Walter of New Ulm, MN and Ralph Hoffrogge of Hammond, Ind.; three sisters, Mildred Werner of Willmar, MN, Arlene Theil of Redwood Falls, MN and Diane Garvin of Canby, OR; 29 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Alvin Hoffrogge.

Cascade Northwest Funeral Home of Longview handled arrangements.