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Obituaries from the week of July 19, 2000 Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880

Donald Bock, 75

Mr. Donald Bock, passed away on Monday, July 17 at the Luverne Community Hospital at the age of 75. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Mr. Bock was a resident at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne for the past four years. He is survived by his wife, Alice, of Tracy and daughter Debra of St. Paul.

Lynner Funeral Home of Clarkfield, is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Loke, 81

Mary F. Loke, age 81 of Waseca, formerly of Milroy, MN, died on Thursday, July 13, 2000 at the Waseca Medical Center.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Monday, July 17 at 11 am. at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Milroy with her grandson, Fr. Peter Schuster, officiating. Interment was in the St. Michael Catholic Cemetery in Milroy following the Mass.

Casket bearers were Michael Gleason, Steve Hasti, Charles Slama, Mark Schuster, Nick Gerdes, Darren Benzing, Dan Gerdes, Mark Bulanda, Tim Thompson and Dirc Cooley.

Mary Frances (Spartz) Loke was born on May 31, 1919 to John and Anna (Hartman) Spartz in Tioga, North Dakota. She was united in marriage to John Loke on November 15, 1939 at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Milroy. Mary and John farmed NE of Milroy until they retired and moved into Milroy. After her husband death in 1996, Mary moved to Waseca to be closer to her family. She was a very active member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Milroy. She had also been a member of the Milroy American Legion Auxiliary, Post #274.

She is survived by four daughters, Bonnie (and Lowell) Schuster of Wells, MN, Pat (and Philip) Gleason of Minneapolis, MN, Helen (and James) Gerdes of Osage, IA, Mary Ellen (and Clarence) Slama of Waseca, MN; by one son, James Loke of Pueblo, CO; by 18 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John in 1996, by her parents; five brothers, Joe, Alfred, Frank, Leo, Peter; one sister, Eldena Scholtes.

Dagny Rialson, 85

Funeral services were held on Sunday, July 16, 2000 for Dagny Rialson at Zion Lutheran Church in Tracy, MN Rev. Norman Madson officiated with Mrs. Amanda Madson playing the organ.

Casket bearers were John Rialson, David Rialson, Karl Campbell, John Campbell, Kristin Harner, and Steven Harner.

Dagny Rialson was born August 19, 1914 to Ole and Anne Marie (Grandhagen) Runholt in Lucas Township of Lyon County, Minnesota. She attended rural school in District 89 and graduated from Cottonwood High School. She was the Valedictorian of her graduating class. Dagny then attended the Minneapolis School of Business and worked as a secretary in Minneapolis for several years.

Dagny was married to Julius Rialson on December 30, 1945 at Cottonwood, Minnesota. They made their home on farms near Tracy before retiring in 1976 and moving into Tracy. In 1994, they moved into O'Brien Court. Her husband died in June 1998 and Dagny continued to live in O'Brien Court.

Dagny was baptized and confirmed at English Lutheran Church of Cottonwood, MN and after her marriage was a member of Zion Lutheran Church where she taught Saturday School and served in the various offices of the Ladies Aid.

She was a loving wife and mother and had worked for three years in her home doing bookkeeping for Minnesota Real Estate Taxpayer's Association.

She died on Tuesday, July 11, 2000 at the Tracy Hospital, at the age of 85 years.

Dagny is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Norma Jean and Duane Campbell of Currie, MN; son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Mary Rialson of Tracy, MN; five grandchildren, Karl Campbell, Kristin Harner, John Campbell, David Rialson and John Rialson; three great-grandchildren, Zachary, Alyssa and Taylor Campbell; one brother, Clarence Runholt of Rapid City, SD.

Her parents, husband, three sisters and four brothers preceded her in death.

Interment was at Rialson Cemetery with Almlie Funeral Home handling arrangements.

Daniel Ribera, 25

Memorial services for Daniel “Gabe” Ribera will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 19 at the Almlie Funeral Home in Tracy. Visitation will be from 5-6 p.m. Burial will follow at a later date in Pagosa Springs, CO.

Gabe died Friday, July 14, 2000, as a result of a one-vehicle accident.

He was born March 21, 1975, in Alamangordo, N.M., to Daniel and Linda (Serreyn) Ribera. He graduated from Tracy Area High School in 1993 and attended the University of New Mexico - Albuquerque in the fall of 1993. After moving back to Minnesota in 1994 he attended Mankato State University. On May 29, 1996, he enlisted in the Marine Corps. He was stationed at Marine Corps Base, Cherry Point, N.C. His latest assignment was Marine Corps Detachment, Goodfellow Air Force Base, in Texas, attending intelligence school. While in the Marine Corps, he received the following awards: Navy Marine Corps Unit Commendation, Marine Corps Conduct medal, Rifle Expert badge and Pistol Sharp Shooter badge.

Survivors include his mother Linda of Tracy; father Daniel of Aztec, N.M; sister Monica of Albuquerque, N.M., grandmother, Evelyn Serreyn of Marshall; grandparents Juan and Maxine Ribera of Pasoga Springs, CO, and many family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather Oscar Serreyn and uncle Oscar Serreyn.

Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy is handling arrangements.

Paul Ludeman, 51

Funeral services were held on Monday, July 17, 2000 at Tracy Lutheran Church for Paul G. Ludeman. Ministers were Rev. Stephen Olson and Rev. Marlene Elmstrom. Organist was Richard Stelter with David Mix as soloist.

Casket bearers were his nieces and nephews Ben Ludeman, Sander Ludeman, VI, Hilary Ludeman, Amanda Ludeman, Dayna Ludeman, Lucas Ludeman and Grant Ludeman.

Paul Gene Ludeman was born March 17, 1949 to Sander and Mary Lou (Starken) Ludeman at Tracy, Minnesota.

He was baptized on March 27, 1949 at Trinity Lutheran Church and affirmed his baptismal covenant on October 4, 1964 at Tracy Lutheran Church and was a current member of Tracy Lutheran.

Paul attended Amiret Grade School, Tracy High School, University of Minnesota and graduated from Southwest State University. During his younger years, Paul was very active in 4-H Clubs and in high school was involved in several music groups. After his graduation from college he worked for Northwest Bell Telephone in Minneapolis and then transferred to AT&T in Washington, D.C. and worked at the State Department for AT&T. His most recent position was as a meeting planner for Lucent Technologies. Paul was a co-founder of the Professional Executive's Network, PEN, of Washington, D.C. and served as first President and was currently on the Board of Directors. Paul had worked and resided in and around Washington, D.C. area for 23 years.

Paul enjoyed traveling, gourmet cooking, antiques, horticulture, meeting people and spending time with friends.

Paul was diagnosed with cancer a short time ago and died on July 13, 2000, at the Weiner Memorial Medical Center in Marshall, at the age of 51 years.

He is survived by his parents, Sander and Mary Lou; three brothers and their wives Sander and Peg, Brian and Bonnie, Cal and Deb; seven nieces and nephews, Ben and Stacey Ludeman, Sander and Breanna Ludeman, Hilary Ludeman, Amanda Ludeman, Dayna Ludeman, Grant Ludeman and Lucas Ludeman; his maternal grandmother, Cora Starken and numerous aunts and uncles.

His paternal grandparents and maternal grandfather preceded him in death.

A memorial service for Paul is planned for a later date in the Washington, D.C. area.

Interment was at Tracy City Cemetery with Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy handling arrangements.