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Obituaries from the week of September 5, 2001 Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880

Alvina Kaufenberg, 85

Services were held on Tues., Sept. 4 for Alvina Kaufenberg, 85, of Walnut Grove, MN at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Walnut Grove. She passed away on Fri., Aug. 31 at Valley View Manor in Lamberton.

Alvina was born on May 10, 1916 in Johnsonville Township, the daughter of August and Ellen (Dahlgren) Johnson. She attended country school district 19 and then graduated from Walnut Grove High School in 1933. She worked as a hired girl on a farm until she was united in marriage to William Kaufenberg on November 22, 1939 at Hinckley, MN. The couple made their home in Johnsonville Township, Redwood County, for a couple of years and then moved to a farm in Holly Township, Murray County, near Walnut Grove where they continued to live until she entered Valley View Manor in 2000.

She was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church in Walnut Grove, and she enjoyed flowers and sewing clothes for her grandchildren and making doll clothes. She also enjoyed music and loved to bake bread for her family.

She is survived by her husband, Bill, one son, Richard of Walnut Grove, one daughter, Julie (Richard) Van Moer of Milwaukee, WI; seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; including a special granddaughter, Marcie Burnett of Walnut Grove, whom Bill and Alvina raised; one brother, E. Robert Johnson, Walnut Grove; one sister, Rosella Truedson, Walnut Grove.

She is preceded in death by her parents, two daughters Marcella, and Eileen Cox; and three brothers.

Jacobson Funeral Service of Walnut Grove handled the arrangements.

Marjorie Kelley, 95

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2001 for Marjorie E. Kelley at the Presbyterian Church in Tracy, MN. Pastor Dave Erickson officiated with Kerry Knakmuhs as soloist and Opal Horsman as accompanist.

Honorary casket bearers were Lou Velta, Cathy Rue and Dolores Jacobs.

Casket bearers were Shorty Engel, Tom Rignell, Tim Rignell, Mike Peterreins, Paul Gervais and Bob Mikkelson.

Mrs. Kelley died Friday, Aug. 31, 2001, at the Prairie View Healthcare Center in Tracy.

She was born April 17, 1906, in Madison to Lauritz and Emma (Anderson) Satre. She graduated from Madison Public School in 1924, and from Madison Normal School in 1925. She taught country school for one year and then graduated from St. Cloud Teachers College. She taught fourth grade in the Tracy school system for seven years.

Marjorie and Frank Kelley were married June 10, 1933. She worked in the family business, Kelley Furniture and Funeral Home until she and Frank retired in 1971. She served on the Tracy School Board in the 1940s and 1950s. She was a member of the Eastern Star, Tracy Country Club and the Tracy Hospital Auxiliary. She enjoyed playing bridge and watching sports.

Survivors include her son, Dick of Tracy.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son, a brother.

Interment was in the Tracy City Cemetery.

Jacobson Funeral Home of Tracy handled arrangements.

Lois Anderson

Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 7, at 11 a.m. for Lois Anderson of Walnut Grove. Visitation will be held on Thursday, Sept. 6 from 6-8 p.m. at the Jacobson Funeral Home of Walnut Grove. A complete obituary will be printed next week.

Margaret E. Thomasson, 81

Services for Margaret E. Thomasson, 81, of Marshall, will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Lutheran Church in Marshall. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Montevideo. Hamilton-Birk Funeral Home of Marshall handled the arrangements.

Mrs. Thomasson died at the Tracy Area Hospital on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2001.

She was born on Feb. 11, 1920, in Dawson to Julius and Mary (Elstead) Olson. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. She graduated from Montevideo High School.

In 1940, she and Thelmer "Tom" Thomasson were married.They farmed for a number of years near Wegdahl. In 1951, they moved to Marshall where she worked at the Marshall Hotel for many years. She then went to work for Schwan's Sales Enterprises until she retired. Tom died in March of 1979. She then entered the Prairie View Healthcare Center in Tracy Jan. 29, 2001. She loved both playing and listening to music, baking, and collecting cookbooks. She was a member of the Country Kitchen Band and the Old Tyme Fiddlers Association. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Marshall.

Survivors include daughter, Karen Coyle of Milroy; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; her special friend, Alfred Miller of Tracy; and three brothers, Ervin of Montevideo, John of Claremont, Fla., and Don of Ocean Pines, Md.; and sister, Mary Nelson of Roseville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son; two infant daughters, and a brother.