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Obituaries from the week of April 12, 2000Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880


Melvin Dammen, 84

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 5, 2000 for Melvin C. Dammen, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, Ann Twp. Pastor Paul Carlson officiated with Nancy Harnack as organist.

Casket bearers were Matthew Dammen, Daniel Dammen, Douglas Dammen, Robert Heggerston, Richard VanHecke and Carlos Knakmuhs.

Melvin C. (Pete) Dammen was born September 18, 1915 on the family farm in Ann. Twp., Cottonwood Co., MN, the son of Gilbert and Betsy M. (Steen) Dammen.

He received his formal education in country school. He farmed with his brother Ervin and his father for several years. On June 20, 1938 he was united in marriage to Ivadell Raveling at her parents farm home near Lamberton, MN.

The couple farmed south of Revere until 1945 when they moved to Murray Co., MN where they farmed until 1988. The couple moved back to the Dammen home farm in 1978 and Pete continued to farm in Murray Co.

He was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church. He enjoyed gardening and his decorative lighting.

Melvin passed away on Monday, April 3, 2000 at the Tracy Nursing home. He was 84 years old.

He is survived by his wife Ivadell of Tracy; two sons Dennis and wife Blanche of Winona, MN; Dallas and wife Gail of Marshall, MN; six grandchildren, one sister, Gladys McGuire of Sanborn, MN.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Cora Beatty and Edna Schultz and one brother Ervin.

Interment was at St. Olaf Cemetery with Jacobson Funeral Service of Tracy and Walnut Grove handling arrangements.

Lorena Eilefson, 99

Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, April 13, 2000 for Lorena Eilefson of Walnut Grove, MN. Services will begin at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Walnut Grove. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 12 from 3-7 p.m. with prayer service at 4 p.m. Visitation will continue at Thursday from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Jacobson Funeral Home in Walnut Grove.

Lorena passed away on Monday, April 10 at her home in Walnut Grove.

A complete obituary will be published next week.

John Wessling, 49

John Arthur Wessling, of Leesburg, Florida, formerly of Tracy, MN, passed away on Monday, April 3, 2000 in Leesburg.

John was born in Tracy, MN and moved to Leesburg Florida in 1979.

He is survived by two sons, Matthew Wessling of Coon Rapids, MN and Dana Wessling of Norfolk, Virginia; a daughter Cynthia Wessling of Columbus, OH; his mother, Audrey Connell of Leesburg, FL; brothers Vincent of Leesburg, FL, Gary of Coon Rapids, MN and Dale of Leesburg; sister Janet Wessling of Orlando, FL; ex-wife Linda Wessling of Coon Rapids, MN; three grandchildren.