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Obituaries from the week of October 25, 2000 Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880

Alice Firebaugh, 90

Alice Sophie (Sorenson) Firebaugh was born July 22, 1910 in Racine, Wisconsin to Peter and Minnie (Sorenson) Sorenson.

She attended Racine public schools.

Although her mother and baby sister died in the 1918 flu epidemic, she had an interesting childhood. At the age of 16, her father took her to Denmark by ship to visit her grandparents and other relatives for three months.

In 1929, she started working at Western Printing in Racine and continued to work there until the fall of 1944. She also met her future husband, Merrill Firebaugh in 1929. Merrill and Alice were married on May 28, 1932. Merrill joined the Navy Seabees during World War II and served in the South Pacific. After he was discharged, they moved to Tracy and started Firebaugh Welding & Machine Company. Alice did all the bookkeeping for the business until they retired in 1971.

Alice was a member of the Tracy United Methodist Church and served on various circles. She was also active in the Eastern Star and the Wheels Across the Prairie Museum. She would volunteer whenever a volunteer was needed. She and Merrill will always be remembered for driving their 1906 AutoBug, which was the first car in Tracy, in the Box Car Day Parades. The car is now in the Wheels Across the Prairie Museum.

Merrill died in 1994 and in 1995, Alice moved into the O'Brien Court apartments. She enjoyed her new home and all the people who made living in O'Brien Court fun and interesting. She gained many new friends. On the day before her 90th birthday, she attended the New Ulm Heritage Fest and spent 10 hours enjoying every minute.

Alice died on Friday, October 20, 2000 at the Weiner Memorial Hospital in Marshall from complications following surgery.

Alice is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Marcy and Fred Schramm of Plymouth, MN; three grandchildren, Dennis Campbell of Tracy, MN; Scott Campbell and wife Kim and Robyn Campbell all of California; six great-grandchildren, Shanna, Brandy, Jager, Trisha, Brandon and Colby; a half-sister, Esther Sorenson; cousin, Diana Brodek and husband Dick; brother-in-law, Ray Firebaugh and wife Hazel; two nephews, Ron Firebaugh and wife Norma and Jim Firebaugh; “special daughters,” Karen Kolze, Nancy Craig, Cindy Swenhaugen, Bonnie Buysse and Diana Campbell; and her dear friends Sophie Kretchmer and Lydia Mentjes.

Alice was preceded in death by her parents, husband Merrill, daughter, Russy Campbell, brothers and sister.

Robert Horner, 81

Funeral services are set for Thursday, Oct. 26, 2000 at 2 p.m. at Tracy United Methodist Church for Robert Horner, 81 of Tracy.

Robert Lee Horner was born June 19, 1919 to Harry and Hattie (Heimenson) Horner at Sheldon, Iowa.

He attended public schools and graduated from Sheldon High School in 1937.

Bob was married to Ann Van Boeyen on March 21, 1941 at So. Sioux City, Nebraska. Following their marriage they moved to a farm in Murray County near Tracy where Bob farmed.

Bob was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith and was a member of the Tracy United Methodist Church.

Bob enjoyed animals, and working on repairing cars and houses.

He dearly loved time spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He died following a short illness at the Tracy Hospital on Sunday, October 22, 2000 at the age of 81 years.

Bob is survived by his wife, Ann; three sons and their spouses, Robert of Tracy, Lonnie and Lilia of Tracy, and Rick and Tammy of Tracy; one daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Mike Gillette of Slayton; 17 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law Amada Horner of St. Paul; one niece and seven nephews.

His parents, one son, Curt, one grandson, Jeff and one great-grandson, Jesse, two brothers and one sister preceded him in death.

Interment will be at Tracy City Cemetery with Almlie Funeral Home handling arrangements.

Hazel Lintner, 81

Funeral services Hazel Lintner, 81 of rural Dundee, were held on Thursday, October 19, 2000 at 10 a.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Dovray.

Rev. Bruce Carlson officiated with Marian Johnson as organist and Eunice Christensen as soloist.

Casket bearers were Ardell Amundson, Bud Kuehl, Ronny Lintner, Jim Teghe, Dennis Krick, Fred Lindahl, Lloyd Spielman and Glen Lintner. Honorary casket bearers were Dovray American Legion Post 632 Legion Auxiliary and Aron Amundson, Herb Hanson, Harley Amundson and Bud Hanson.

Hazel Adella Lintner was born November 23, 1918 in Hatton, North Dakota to Hans and Helma (Lyng) Fosson. When she was six years old she moved with her family to Sauk Centre, MN. She was confirmed at Sveborg Lutheran Church in Little Sauk and she graduated from Sauk Centre High School in 1939. After school she went to work for Swift Company in Sauk Centre where she was receiving clerk and head time keeper.

On December 31, 1956 she was united in marriage to Harris Lintner in Slayton, MN. After Harris was discharged from the military the couple moved to the Westbrook area where they farmed different farms in Rosehill Township. Hazel was active at her church, Our Savior's Lutheran in Dovray, where she held all of the ELCA offices. She was active in the Dovray American Legion Auxiliary where she also held all its offices. Hazel enjoyed music, especially playing the piano at auxiliary functions. She was also the church organist at First Lutheran Church in Sauk Centre for many years. She liked gardening, flowers, bowling, fishing and hunting. She served as President of Band Mothers and was known as a great cook.

Hazel died on October 16, 2000 at the Prairie View Healthcare Center in Tracy, MN at the age of 81 years.

She is survived by her husband Harris Lintner of Dundee, two daughters, Sharon and her husband Rick Musegades of Storden and Cynthia Lintner of Mechanicsville, Maryland; three grandchildren, Cynthia, Heather and Patrick; several nieces, nephews and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister Gladyce and brother Leslie.

Burial was at the Greenwood Cemetery in Sauk Centre, MN with Westbrook Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Michael Roggeman, 93

Funeral services are set for 11 a.m., Saturday, October 28, 2000 for Michael Roggeman, 93 of Benson, MN. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the American Lutheran Church in Echo, MN. Rev. Lowell Asplund will officiate with Bonnie Viergutz as organist. Interment is at Summit Cemetery in Morris, MN.

Michael August Roggeman was born December 23, 1906 in Belgium. His parents were Victor and Elodie (Landyte) Roggeman. At the age of five, Mike moved with his family to Louisiana, then Illinois and Iowa and finally to Walnut Grove, MN. Michael attended country school near Tracy, MN.

On November 14, 1927, he married Dorothy Picht in Lakeland, MN. The couple farmed near Walnut Grove for 15 years. They moved to Elkton, SD where they owned and operated a theater for eight years. The couple returned to Minnesota and purchased a farm east of Echo, MN. In 1952 they sold their farm and purchased another farm in Benson, MN where they rented out the land. The couple bought a liquor store in Alberta, MN and operated it for 20 years before retiring. They enjoyed wintering in Arizona.

Mike liked telling stories and loved playing kitten ball where he had a championship team in Alberta. He also enjoyed music as he was a one man band with his button accordion, harmonica and drum, playing at area barn dances, weddings and parties. For the past two years, Mike has resided in the Meadow Lane Healthcare Center in Benson.

On October 22, 2000 Michael August Roggeman died at the Meadow Lane Healthcare in Benson, MN at the age of 93 years, 9 months and 29 days.

He is survived by two sons and one daughter: Darold Roggeman and Marvin Roggeman both of Benson, and Arlene Knoblauch and her husband Paul of Tracy; 11 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by sister Gay Horgan of Albert Lea.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Dorothy, a great-grandson, three sisters and three brothers.

Kulow Funeral Service of Echo is in charge of arrangements.