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Obituaries from the week of December 13, 2000 Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880

Edna Robinson, 90

Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, December 16, 2000 at 1 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Garvin for Edna Robinson. Visitation will be at the Almlie Funeral Home in Tracy on Friday, December 15 from 4 to 8 p.m. There will be a 7 p.m. Eastern Star service and a 7:30 p.m. prayer service. Visitation on Saturday will be at the church one hour prior to services.

Rev. Edsel Miller will officiate with Dorine Brock as organist and Jerry Engesser as soloist.

Casket bearers will be Michael Peterson, James Woodbury, Clayton Campbell, Harold Engesser, Gary Brinks and Dennis Christianson.

Edna Robinson was born October 2, 1910 to Henry and Anna (Barz) Lau in Klemme, Iowa the 5th of six children.

They moved, when she was a young child, to a farm east of Tracy, that became known as Cloverdale.

Edna attended public schools and graduated from Tracy High School in 1929 and completed a year of normal training in Tracy before starting her teaching career in country schools in Murray and Lyon counties.

She was married to Lester E. Robinson on June 25, 1940 in the Tracy Presbyterian Church and they moved to the George Robinson family farm in Custer Township where they farmed until 1964. In 1964, Edna and Lester moved to their farm west of Balaton where they lived until 1995. After Lester's retirement in 1978, they spent most winters in Arizona. Lester died in 1995 and in August 1995 she moved to the O'Brien Court in Tracy and was presently a resident of the North Ridge Care Center in New Hope, MN.

Edna was a faithful member of the Garvin Congregational Church and an active member of the Ladies Aid. She was a member of the Delta Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star and one of its Past Worthy matrons. An avid gardener she had been a member of the Tracy Garden Club and when her daughters were young she served as a Girl Scout Leader. Her daughters will remember her as a “great” mother.

Edna died on Saturday, December 9, 2000, at the North Ridge Care Center at the age of 90 years.

She is survived by two daughters and their husbands, Barbara and Robert Peterson of Hudson, WI and Beverly and Maynard Woodbury of Ramsey, MN; her grandchildren, Lynn and Scott Pipho of Anoka, Roberta Peterson and Neil Otto of St. Louis Park, Michael Peterson and fiancee Stephanie Knapp of Kansas City, KS, Michelle Woodbury and fiancée David Brighton, and James and Cathy Woodbury, all of Blaine; one great-grandchild, Chris Woodbury; one brother Milton Lau of Oconomowac, WI; nieces, nephews and cousins.

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

Edythe Short, 88

Funeral services were held on Thurs., December 7, 2000 at St. Ann's Church in Slayton for Edythe S. Short. Organist was Loretta Koob with song leader Lavina Fox.

Pallbearers were Duane Sagmoen, Darrell Schreier, Richard Gaul, Wally Scott, Bob Knudsen and Larry Muenchow.

Edythe Short was born on August 12, 1912 at Clear Lake, SD to John and Bertha Otto Thoelke. She grew up in Clear Lake and graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1929.

She worked for the phone company in Clear Lake, Canby and then in Slayton.

On June 10, 1939 she and William Short were married at St. Ann's Church in Slayton. Following their marriage they lived in Sauk Center and Morris where they operated Red Owl Stores and then they owned and operated a Red Owl Store in Lake Benton. When her husband became ill, they moved back to Slayton. Bill died on March 1, 1952. Edythe went back to work for Central Telephone Company and retired in 1977.

Edythe became a resident of Slayton Manor Nursing Home in July 1997 and passed away there on December 3, 2000 at the age of 88.

She was a member of St. Ann's Church, Catholic Daughters and WCCW. She had belonged to the Royal Neighbors. Edythe enjoyed watching baseball games, especially the Twins, crocheting, reading, playing the organ and anything related to her family and grandchildren.

Survivors include her two daughters and their husbands: Shari and Bob Knudsen of Apple Valley, MN and Sue and Larry Muenchow of Tracy, MN; five grandchildren, Jenny Olson, Jeff Knudsen, Scott Knudsen, Nikki Muenchow and Natalie Berning; one great-grandson, Taylor Olson; a brother, three sisters and their spouses, Maynard and Lucille Thoelke of Vancouver, WA, Violet Boersma of Clear Lake, SD, Margaret and Bill Kallemeyn of Brookings, SD, Lucille Wright of Minneapolis, MN; and special sisters-in-law Margaret Short and Gretta Short, both of Slayton.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Bill, son, Barrie, three brothers, John, Arthur and Otto Thoelke and three sisters, Delores Schiefelbein, Clara Weisel and Meta Kreger.

Interment was at St. Ann's Cemetery, Slayton, MN with Totzke Funeral Home of Slayton handling arrangements.

Kenneth Howe, 80

Services for Kenneth Howe, 80, of Marshall, formerly of Tracy, will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, December 15 at the Tracy Lutheran Church. Burial will be in the Hoiland Cemetery.

Visitation at the Almlie Funeral Home in Tracy will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, December 14 and at the church on Friday morning one hour prior to services.

He died on Tuesday, December 12 at the Wiener Memorial Nursing Home in Marshall.

A complete obituary will be published at a later date.

Leigh Schimming, 59

Memorial services for Leigh Schimming, 59, of Tracy, will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, December 15 at Tracy Lutheran Church.

Visitation with the family will be at the church one hour prior to services.

He died on Tuesday, December 12 at the Tracy Hospital.

The Almlie Funeral Home in Tracy is handling the arrangements.

A complete obituary will be published at a later date.