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Obituaries from the week of August 16, 2000 Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880

Amalie Elliott, 82

Amalie L. “Molly” Elliott, 82, of Malta, passed away on Monday, August 7, 2000 at the DeKalb County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in DeKalb, IL, where she had been a resident for the past five years. She was born on September 3, 1917 in Milroy, MN, the daughter of Fredrick and Amalia (Serr) Goltz. She married Merle W. Elliott on September 25, 1940 in DeKalb.

Molly worked at the Spotlite Grocery in Malta for several years. She had also been employed at Montgomery Wards and the Woolco Store in DeKalb. She was a member of the Malta Congregational Church Ladies Aid and was a former member of the Malta Women's Club and the Malta PTA. She was an avid sports fan.

She is survived by one son, Wayne (Sheila) Elliott of Crete, IL; five grandchildren: Michael, Garilynn, Julie, Erin and Melissa; four great-grandchildren; three sisters Laura Payne of Walnut Grove, MN, Pearl Stonebridge of Menlo Park, CA and Bea Sheffield of Sandy, UT; several nieces and nephews including Bev (Jim) Willrett of Malta and Gerald (Mary Lynn) McArtor of Malta; several great-nieces and nephews and two sisters-in-law Phyllis Goltz of Durango, CO and Martha Elliott of DeKalb.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1962; her parents; three brothers Bert, Fritz and George Goltz and three sisters Evelyn Waddams, Violet Billiett and Esther McArtor and one grandson.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, August 10, 2000 at the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb. Cremation followed the services with interment of ashes to be held at Malta Cemetery at a later date. Anderson Funeral Home of DeKalb, IL handled arrangements.

Marie Frank, 75

Funeral services for Marie “Mickie” Frank will be held on Thursday, August 17, 2000 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter's Ev. Lutheran Church in Balaton, MN. Rev. Mark Zander will officate with Lovilla Schlenker as organist and Gloria Arndt, soloist.

Marie “Mickie” Adeline Frank was born March 10, 1925 in Minneapolis, MN and placed in a Lutheran orphanage. At the age of six, she was adopted by Ed and Marie (Fischer) Paesler. Mickie grew up on her parents' farm at Frazee, MN. She met her future husband when he came to work on the family farm.

Mickie and Harry Schave were married on June 2, 1943 at Peace Lutheran Church in Cosmos, MN. They farmed in Bellingham, MN for a time and in 1948 moved to Balaton and purchased a cafe and named it Schave's Cafe.

Harry died in September 1971. Mickie continued to operate the cafe but renamed it Mickie's Cafe. In 1975, Mickie sold the cafe, however, she continued to work as a waitress in cafes around the area.

Mickie married Calvin Frank on November 29, 1980 in Balaton and they made their home in Balaton.

She was a member of the St. Peter's Ev. Lutheran Church.

Mickie had many interests namely, bowling, fishing, playing cards and bingo, browsing through flea markets, watching sports on television and visiting with people.

She died on Sunday, August 13, 2000, at the Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Balaton, at the age of 75 years.

Mickie is survived by her husband, Calvin; one daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Edwin Swanson of Madison, SD; two sons and daughters-in-law, Roger and Marlys Schave of Park Rapids, MN and Steven and Dar Schave of LaCrosse, WI; one step-daughter and her husband, Lorene and Scott Schmisek of Baudette, MN; six grandchildren; three step-grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Her parents, first husband and one granddaughter preceded her in death.

Interment will be at St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery in Balaton. Almlie Funeral Home of Balaton is handling arrangements.

Blanche Greenfield, 71

Funeral services were held on Monday, August 14, 2000 at Lake Sarah Lutheran Church for Blanche Caroline Greenfield. Pastor Bruce Carlson officiated.

Casket bearers were Robert Horner, Darwin Horner, Mark Becker, Darin Horner, Corey Horner, Meghan Collins, Nathan Greenfield, Morgan Greenfield and Matthew Greenfield.

Blanche was born on September 7, 1928 the daughter of Rogner and Ina (Kennedy) Walden, MN in Murray County, MN. She attended country school and graduated from Tracy High School in 1946.

She married Allison Greenfield in April 1946, the couple moved to California briefly then to South Dakota where they farmed. In 1956 they returned to Tracy where she worked for several years at Zeke's Cafe. She also worked at the Twine Factory in Tracy and Swifts in Marshall for many years. After retirement she worked for home health.

On Valentines Day in 1975, Blanche was married to Wally Greenfield in South Dakota and they have made their home in Tracy.

Blanche enjoyed playing Bingo and cards, she enjoyed going to the Casinos and loved to bowl. She also enjoyed bible stories on the T.V.

Blanche passed away on Thursday, August 10, 2000 at the Tracy Hospital.

She is survived by her husband Wally, three daughters, Mrs. Marvin (Lenny) Becker of Garvin, MN, Mrs. Lonnie (Lilia) Horner, Tracy, Mrs. Paul (Linda) Collins, Las Vegas, Nev.; two sons Loren (Marilyn) Greenfield, Galesburg, IL, Larry (Cathy) Greenfield, Fonda, IA; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one brother Harold L. Walden, Lady Lake, FL; one sister Mrs. Don (Pauline) Ketcham, Manteka, CA.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two granddaughters.

Interment was at Bethany Cemetery, Murray County. Jacobson Funeral Service of Tracy handled arrangements.

Lloyd A. Grinde, 86

Funeral services were held Monday, August 14, 2000 at the First Presbyterian Church in Slayton, MN for Lloyd Andrew Grinde. Rev. Rollin Haynes officiated. Organist was Cathy Magnus.

Pallbearers were Tom Holbrook, Mike Holbrook, Rich Holbrook, Amy Holbrook, Shawn Holbrook and Warren Hanson.

Lloyd Grinde was born on April 3, 1914 on a farm in Lake Sarah Township, Murray County, MN to Ole and Inga Furan Grinde. He lived on the family farm, near Lake Shetek, and attended country school District #9.

On June 22, 1941, he and Cora Mae March were married at the Presbyterian Manse. Following their marriage, they farmed north of Slayton until their retirement in 1979. They moved into Slayton in 1984.

Lloyd became a resident of Slayton Manor Nursing Home in September 1998 and passed away there on August 11, 2000 at the age of 86.

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Slayton where he served as elder, trustee and usher. He belonged to the Farm Bureau, and served on the District #89 Township School Board, as Treasurer for the Lake Sarah Township Board for many years and as a 4-H Leader.

Lloyd loved the earth and everything that went with it, woodworking and crafts, and volunteered for the Minneapolis Children's Hospital and the Murray County Historical Society. He loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Cora Mae Grinde of Slayton; two daughters and their husbands: Barbara and Paul Holbrook of Coon Rapids, MN and Judy and Bob McDonald of Burnsville, MN; four grandchildren Tom, Mike, Rick and Amy Holbrook; eight great-grandchildren Zack, Jake, Lucus, Shawn, Chantal, Nate, Ricky and Gracie; a sister, Doris Onken of Slayton, MN and a brother and his wife, Vernon and Doris Grinde of Tracy, MN. He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Bertha Demong, Rose Reiter and Josephine Swenson, and brother, Olando (Ole) Grinde.

Totzke Funeral Home of Slayton handled arrangements.

Loren Ludeman, 72

Funeral services were held Saturday, August 12, 2000 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Waldorf, MN for Loren G. Ludeman. Reverend Henry Hendricks officiated.

Loren was born December 25, 1927 in Mankato, MN to Sander and Pauline (Muedeking) Ludeman. He was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Mankato and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Tracy, MN. He was a graduate of Tracy High School in 1945. He served in the U.S. Navy, with 18 months in Guam.

On October 6, 1948 he was united in marriage to Beverly Johns at Tracy Lutheran Church in Tracy, MN. He farmed two years at Walnut Grove, MN before moving to the Waldorf area in 1951.

Loren was a member of Zoar United Church of Christ where he held various offices. He served on the Waldorf-Pemberton School Board. Loren enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing, playing cards, and time spent with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly Ludeman of rural Waldorf, MN; one daughter, Linda and her husband Joe Kluender of Minnesota Lake, MN; three sons, Larry Ludeman and special friend Sharon Larson of Minneapolis, MN, Layne and his wife Linda Ludeman of Spring, TX and Lance and his wife Joanne Ludeman of Maple Valley, WA; 8 grandchildren Gregory, Kelsey and Elissa Ludeman, Shea and Kala Kluender, Brent, Sarah and Ryan Ludeman; one brother Sander and his wife Mary Lou Ludeman of Tracy; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Bernice Herndon, and nephew Paul Ludeman.

Interment was at Zoar United Church of Christ Cemetery in Vivian Township, Waseca County, MN. Bruss-Heitner Funeral Homes of Wells, MN handled arrangements.

Virgil “Bud” Robinson, 94

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, August 12, 2000 at St. Mary's Catholic Church for Virgil “Bud” J. Robinson. Fr. Brian Mandel officiated with Richard Stelter as organist and Carla VanDeWiele soloist.

Casket bearers were Donald J. Robinson, Bruce D. Robinson, Gregory J. Robinson, Paul J. Robinson, Donald P. Robinson and Jack Miller.

Virgil “Bud” James Robinson was born April 27, 1906, to Frank and Katherine (McMahon) Robinson, in Custer Township of Lyon County, Minnesota.

He attended rural school and then graduated from Tracy High School in 1925. After graduation, he attended Northern Illinois School of Ophthalmology in Chicago for one year. Illness in the family caused him to discontinue his education but he did stay and work in Chicago for the next five years.

In 1932, Bud became a service station manager for the Standard Oil Company, and for the next twenty years operated the station at the corner of 4th and South Streets in Tracy. In 1952, Bud started a Goodyear Tire dealership which he operated in conjunction with his tire recapping business. He retired in 1965, and for several years thereafter, he worked part-time for Hemmingsen Auto Company. During his retirement years, he continued to play golf, bowl and travel. In his younger years, Bud was always interested in music. At the age of 10, he began playing the violin for house and barn dances.

He later formed his own band and played for dances in ballrooms throughout southwestern Minnesota and eastern South Dakota

Bud was married to Hazel Lorene Jensen on August 17, 1936 at Tracy. To this union were born two sons, Donald and Bruce.

Since 1980, Bud and Hazel have spent the winters in Mesa, AZ where they enjoyed the climate by playing golf, bowling and visiting with their many friends.

He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and a former member of Tracy Jaycees, Tracy Chamber of Commerce and the Tracy Country Club.

He died on August 9, 2000, at the Tracy Nursing Home, at the age of 94 years.

Bud is survived by his wife of 64 years; two sons and daughters-in-law, Donald and Patricia of Eagan, MN and Bruce and Susan of Mounds View, MN; four grandchildren, Gregory and wife, Diane, Paul and wife, Deanna, Jennifer and Sarah Robinson; two great-grandchildren, Casey and Blake; one sister, Lorraine Hoska of Woodbury, MN; nephews, nieces and cousins.

His parents and two brothers, George in infancy and Merrill who died in 1936, preceded him in death.

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

Iris M. Schoer, 86

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, August 15, 2000 at Almlie Funeral Home, Tracy, MN for Iris M. Schoer. Rev. Bruce Carlson officiated with Richard Stelter as organist.

Casket bearers were her grandsons, Greg Stoppel, Todd Stoppel, Kevin Schoer, Jeff Schoer, Casey Schoer and Steve Deslauriers.

Iris Mae Schoer was born July 15, 1914 to Harry and Hattie (Wilbur) Brandt in Redwood County, Minnesota. She attended Redwood County public schools.

As a young woman, Iris worked doing housework and at a nursing home. She was married to Harold Schoer on December 2, 1936 at Marshall, MN. They lived at Walnut Grove and Revere for a time and in 1950 began farming at Garvin, MN. They farmed until 1964 and then moved to Sleepy Eye, MN and Iris was employed in a sewing plant in New Ulm. Following the death of her husband in 1968 Iris moved to Currie and worked at the Slayton Nursing Home and then as a cook at the Tracy Nursing Home. In 1971, she moved to Walnut Grove to live. In failing health, she became a resident of the Prairie View Healthcare Center in Tracy and it was there that she died on Sunday, August 13, 2000, at the age of 86 years.

Iris had been a member of Hoiland Lutheran Church and Lake Sarah Lutheran Church.

She enjoyed sewing, gardening and craft work.

Iris is survived by her children, Sharon Stoppel of Slayton, MN, Gary Schoer of Walnut Grove, MN, Dennis Schoer of Crooks, SD, Lynette Deslauriers of Currie, MN, Janice Prescher of Williams, OR and Lyle Schoer of Hartford, SD; one sister, Vera Nissel of Lamberton, MN; 17 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

Her parents, husband and one son, Larry, preceded her in death.

Interment was at Hoiland Cemetery with arrangements handled by Almlie Funeral Home, Tracy, MN.

Cecilia Tholen, 72

Funeral services for Cecilia Tholen, Marshall, MN will be held on Thursday, August 17, 2000 at Church of the Holy Redeemer in Marshall. Visitation will be at Rehkamp Funeral Home on Wednesday, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a CCW Rosary at 4 p.m. and Parish Prayer Service at 7:30 p.m.

Cecilia Margaret was born on October 25, 1927 in Minneota to James and Madeline (Van Dorpe) DeRider. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Edward's Catholic Church in Minneota. Cecilia attended and graduated from Minneota High School in 1945. She worked as a bookkeeper for Geiwitz and Company of Minneota from 1945 until 1948.

On August 24, 1948, she was united in marriage to Gordon H. Tholen at St. Edward's Catholic Church in Minneota. The couple farmed near Marshall until 1961 when they moved into town.

Cecilia enjoyed spending time and camping with her family. She was involved with many bridge clubs in Marshall, for the last 15 years she and her husband traveled extensively in their motor home and wintered in Everglade City, FL.

Cecilia died on Monday, August 14, 2000 at “Our House” Hospice in Slayton, MN at the age of 72 years, nine months, 20 days.

She is survived by her husband, Gordon, son Gary (Theresa) Tholen of Tracy, daughters Connie (Lloyd) Tinklenberg of Worthington and Colleen (Claris) Bleyenburg of Zionsville, IN; nine grandchildren; a sister Zita McLain of East Gary, MN.

She was preceded in death by her parents and son, Glen.

Interment will be at the Calvary Cemetery in Marshall. Rehkamp Funeral Home, Marshall, is handling arrangements.