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Obituaries from the week of January 24, 2001Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880

Justine Doescher

Celebration of life was held on Monday, January 22, 2001 at the Anderson-Schmidt Funeral Home in Windom, MN for Justine Ranae Doescher. Father Andrew Olsem officiated.

Justine was born on October 2, 2000 at Sioux Valley Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD to Mike Doescher and Jill Enderson. She came home with her family on January 4, 2001. On Friday, January 19, 2001, after failing health, Justine passed away at the Windom Area Hospital in Windom, MN.

Those who love and cherish her are her parents, Mike Doescher and Jill Enderson of Windom; sister, Amery Groshens, age three, of Mankato; grandparents: Paula Enderson of Windom, Kurt Enderson of Tracy, and Linda Doescher of Heron Lake; aunts and uncles: Jackie and Alan Enderson of Windom, Rick Doescher of Washington, and Nick and Amanda Doescher of Heron Lake; great-grandparents: Colette Powers of Montevideo, Howard and Mary Enderson of Tracy, Janet Staab of Heron Lake, and Megs Doescher of Sioux Falls, SD.

Justine was preceded in death by her great-grandfather's, Boyd Powers, Clarence Staab and Richard Doescher; and a great uncle Mark Staab.

Interment was at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cemtery in Windom. Anderson-Schmidt Funeral Home of Windom handled arrangements.

Harvey Greeley, 87

Funeral services were held on Monday, January 22, 2001 at Wesley United Methodist Church in Marshall for Harvey L. Greeley.

Harvey Leonard Greeley was born on August 3, 1913 to Otis M. and Martha (Siggelow) (Wedger) Greeley in the Sodus Township, Lyon County, Minnesota. He was baptized at his parents home and was a life long member of the Wesley United Methodist Church. He attended country school at District 84.

On May 5, 1937, Harvey was united in marriage to Velma Lucille Schultz at her parents home in Lyon County. He farmed in Sodus Township, did custom baling, was on the Sodus Township board and A.S.C.S. board. He retired in 1972 and moved to Lake Marshall Township. Recently they moved to Marshall.

Harvey passed away at the Weiner Memorial Medical Center in Marshall on Thursday, January 18, 2001. He had reached the age of 87 years, 5 months and 15 days.

He is survived by his dedicated and loving wife, Velma of Marshall; three daughters, Joyce (Roger) Amundson of Johnstown, CO, Darlene Greeley of Wood Lake, MN and Jacqueline (Andy) Kreuzer of Canby, MN; three grandchildren, Shannon (Steve) Jackson of Laramie, WY, Ryan (Tara) Viaene of Cottonwood, and Jessica Viaene of Marshall, MN; one great-grandchild, Lane Goebel of Marshall, MN; a brother, Wayne (Joyce) Greeley of Tracy, MN; a sister, Wayvel Johnson of Marshall, MN; also other relatives and friends.

Harvey's enjoyments in life were horses, he founded the Circle Star Saddle Club and the Half Arabian Horse Association. He enjoyed hunting and had a deep appreciation for the land and wildlife. He played in the Amiret and Garvin Bands during his early adulthood and entertained with Old Time music at local parties and dances. He was interested in antiques and going to auctions. What he loved most was being with his family and friends.

Harvey was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.

Harvey was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Leroy and Harold (Boots) Greeley.

Elmira Jaeger, 90

Funeral services were held on Monday, January 22, 2001 at Tracy Lutheran Church for Elmira Jaeger. Pastors Marlene Elmstrom and Stephen Olson officiated. Organist was Richard Stelter with Camille Miller as soloist.

Casket bearers were Leslie Wakefield, Rick Wakefield, Jeff Halfmann, Patrick Heiling, Ronald Heiling and Brian Heiling.

Elmira (Honl) Jaeger was born to Joseph and Annie (Rogger) Honl on August 27, 1910 in Morgan, MN. She married Sylvester Willard in 1927. She married Roy Jaeger in 1954 and they lived in Westbrook, MN until entering Prairie View Healthcare Center. She was a member of Tracy Lutheran church. Elmira worked at the bakery in Westbrook and the Westbrook Cafe. She also worked for the Tracy Cafe.

Elmira died on January 19, 2001 at Prairie View Healthcare Center in Tracy, MN which has been her home since June 20, 1989.

She is survived by daughters: Gerry (Mrs. Paul Heiling) of Clara City and Lorraine (Mrs. Richard Wakefield) of Amiret, sons: Raymond Willard of Stillwater, Donald Willard of Aurora, CO and Herald Willard of Oracle, AZ; 27 grandchildren, 66 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sister, Helen (Mrs. Edgar Siechert) of Princeton and sister-in-law Adellea Honl of Springfield.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Roy Jaeger, four brothers: Sylvester, Melvin, Fritz and Martin, one sister Ruth (Mrs. Nick Carter), one daughter; Shirley Halfmann and three great-grandchildren.

Interment was at Westbrook Cemetery, Westbrook, MN with Westbrook Funeral Home handling arrangements.

Ellen Peterson, 90

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, January 24, 2001 at Tracy Lutheran Church for Ellen Peterson. Reverends Stephen Olson and Marlene Elmstrom officiated. Organist was Richard Stelter with Debra Janssen as soloist.

Honorary bearers were Dorothy Stelter, Sandra Trulock, June Brockway, Debra Janssen, Marlene Buck, Voilet Eichten, Rose Swanson and Bernice Edwards.

Casket bearers were Gerald Janssen, Wayne Brock, Merle Hamilton, Conrad Rettmer, Jonathan Janssen and Joseph Janssen.

Ellen Bernhardina (Hobert) Peterson was born July 31, 1910, the daughter of Swan and Ida (Johnson) Hobert of rural Garvin, Minnesota. She was baptized and later confirmed in Bethany Lutheran Church in rural Slayton, Minnesota on June 10, 1923.

Ellen graduated from Tracy High School in 1927, and from its Teacher Training Department in 1928, then becoming a rural school teacher.

On January 23, 1931 Ellen married Victor Peterson and they made their home in Tracy, Minnesota. They had one son, Winston. Victor passed away in 1961.

Ellen was active in various church organizations of Tracy Lutheran Church, including Ladies Aide, a number of church circles and the Golden Age Club. She was also past President of St. James District Women's Missionary Federation and an officer in Marshall Conference Women's Group. She also served as an election judge in Tracy for 15 years.

Her hobbies were art and antiques and always enjoyed a great love for her family and many friends.

Ellen passed away on Sunday, January 21, 2001 at the age of 90 years.

Ellen is survived by her son, Winston and wife Elle of Tracy, MN, her three grandchildren, Per and Michelle of Garvin, MN, Sissa and David Bitton of Woodstock, IL and Eric of Minneapolis, MN; two great-grandchildren; Alexandre and Galiya Bitton of Woodstock, IL.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, one sister Lilly and three brothers: Joseph, Carl and Manfred Hobert.

Interment was at Bethany Cemetery. Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy handled arrangements.

Dotty E. Sand, 70

Funeral services were held at St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Marshall on Wednesday, January 17, 2001 for Dotty E. Sand.

Dotty Evelyn Sand was born to Albert and Birdie (Lumley) Hinz on January 29, 1930 at East Chain, Minnesota. She was baptized as an infant into the Lutheran faith at East Chain and confirmed in 1950 at the Grace Lutheran Church in Russell, MN. She attended school in East Chain and in her sixth grade year, she went on to attend Lynd Public School, graduating in 1948.

On November 29,1948, Dotty was united in marriage to Donald W. Sand at the Grace Lutheran Church in Russell. They made their home and farmed in Coon Creek Township. Dotty was a bookkeeper at the Russell Elevator and went on to work at the Farmers State Bank in Russell until she retired. She also worked for Woolworths' Department Store in Marshall and Weight Watchers.

Dotty passed away at her home in Russell on Sunday, January 14, 2001. She had reached the age of 70 years, 11 months and 16 days.

She is survived by her husband, Donald of Russell; two sons, Charles (Charleen) Sand of Maple Grove, and Thomas (Brenda) Sand of Janesville; a daughter, Gail Sand of Mound; five grandchildren, John, Amy, Christopher, Colin and Eric; three sisters, Laverne Nelson of New London, Missouri, Lilly Burgess of Albert Lea and Marie Williams of Woodbury; a sister-in-law, Esther Hinz of Tracy; also many nieces and nephews.

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

Dotty's enjoyments in life were her grandchildren, oil painting, fishing, hiking, cross country skiing, quilting and her kitty cat Crystal.

Dotty was a faithful member of the Grace Lutheran church for over 50 years where she was active in her circle and was a president of WELCA. In January 2000 she and Donald joined St. Stephen Lutheran Church. She also was a member of the Russell American Legion Auxiliary for over 50 years.

Interment was at the Opdal Cemetery in Florence with the Hamilton-Birk Funeral Home of Marshall handling arrangements.

Alice Sell, 82

Funeral services were held on Friday, January 19, 2001 at Grace Lutheran Church in Westbrook, MN for Alice Sell. Pastor Sue Seiffert officiated. Organist was Betty Rupp with Gordon Kopperud as soloist.

Honorary casket bearers were her great-grandchildren Alex and Mitchell Pauling, Reed and Avoree Bakken, Haydn, Griffin and Sullivan Lanoue.

Casket bearers were her grandchildren: Bradd Bakken, Lynn Bakken, Victoria Lanoue, Gary Lanoue, Shelly Pauling, Mike Pauling, Chadd Wahl and Tiffany Engen.

Alice Cecelia Sell was born March 29, 1918 to Willie A. and Alma (Kleven) Soll in Ann Township, Cottonwood County, Minnesota. She grew up on the family farm and received her education attending country school, District #43 and later Westbrook High School. She was baptized at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, rural Walnut Grove on December 5, 1918, and later confirmed there on April 10, 1932.

On December 22, 1937, Alice married Walter Harmon Sell at the German Lutheran parsonage in Westbrook, Minnesota. Following their marriage, they made their home on the Sell family farm south of Westbrook where they raised their two daughters.

Alice was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Westbrook where she was active as a Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teacher, ALCW and Bible Study member. She was also a member of the American Legion and VFW auxiliaries. Alice was employed for 20 years as the dietary cook/supervisor at the Schmidt Memorial Hospital in Westbrook.

In 1974, after Walt died, Alice moved into Westbrook where she made her home until the time of her death at McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD on January 15, 2001. She was 82 years old.

Her children and grandchildren were the light of her life. She also enjoyed crocheting and gardening. In addition, she was known as a great cook, with caramel rolls and Lefse among her specialties.

Grateful for having shared her life are her two daughters, Roberta (Ronald) Bakken, Walnut Grove, MN and Rosalyn (Alan) Wahl, Westbrook, MN; four grandchildren, Bradd (Lynn) Bakken, Victoria (Gary) Lanoue, Shelly (Mike) Pauling, Chadd (Tiffany) Wahl, one great-granddaughter, and 6 great-grandsons, Alex and Mitchell Pauling, Reed and Avoree Bakken, and Haydn, Griffin and Sullivan Lanoue; one sister, LaVonne (Dale) Hanson, Westbrook, MN; three brothers, Fritz (Elaine) Soll, East Bethal, MN; Norris (Aggie) Soll, Rochester, MN; LaVerne (Jan) Soll, Prior Lake, MN; two aunts, Olga Erickson and Alberta Kleven, Westbrook, MN; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband Walter, and one brother Oran.

Interment was at the Westbrook Cemetery with Almlie Funeral Home of Westbrook handling arrangements.

Eldora Wendland, 52

Services for Eldora “Dottie” Wendland, 52, of rural Garvin will be at 2 p.m. Friday, January 26, 2001 at St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Balaton, with burial in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Almlie Funeral Home in Balaton with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service and will continue Friday at the church one hour prior to services.

Eldora died Monday, Jan. 22, 2001, at the Our House of Murray County in Slayton.