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Obituaries from the week of January 2, 2002 Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880

Marvin Wendorff, 90

Services for Marvin Wendorff, 90, of Tracy, will be at 1:30p.m. Friday at Tracy Lutheran Church in Tracy. Visitation will be from 4-8pm thursday at Almlie Funeral Home in Tracy and continues one hour prior to services Friday at the church. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery in rural Garvin.

He died Tuesday, January 1, 2002, at Colonial Manor in Balaton.

A complete obituary will be printed in next week's newspaper.

Terry Stripling, 43

Services for Terry Lee Stripling, 43, of Tracy will be at 11am Thursday at Tracy United Methodist Church in Tracy. Visitation will be from 4-8pm today at Almlie Funeral Home in Tracy and continues Thursday one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Russell Cemetery in Russell.

He died Monday, December 31, 2001, at the Tracy Area Medical Center.

A complete obituary will be printed in next week's newspaper.

Beverly Baker, 63

Services for Beverly Baker, 63, of Revere were held Saturday, December 29, 2001 at Walnut Grove United Methodist Church. Burial was in the Walnut Grove City Cemetery.

She died Monday, Dec. 24, 2001, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester.

Bev was born March 1, 1938, in Slayton to Vernon and Lucile (Paden) Knutsen. The family moved to California shortly after her birth and moved to Tracy when she was 7. She graduated from Tracy High School.

She and Miles Baker were married Sept. 27, 1959, in Walnut Grove. They lived in New Ulm, moved back to Walnut Grove in 1961, moved to a farm outside Walnut Grove in 1964 and later moved to Revere. She worked at secretarial jobs for many businesses.

Bev was a member of United Methodist Church in Walnut Grove, Tracy Eagles Auxiliary and Walnut Grove Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors include two sons, Kevin (Rhea) and Dean (Sharon) of Revere; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a stepfather, Lloyd Olson of Hadley; and two brothers, William Knutsen of Owatonna and David Olson of Marshall.

She was preceded in death by her mother and her husband.

Jacobson Funeral Home in Walnut Grove handled the arrangements.

Daniel E. Ourada, 21

Daniel E. Ourada, 21, of Lucan, died Dec. 29, 2001 as a result an automobile accident.

Ourada, of rural Lucan, died at the scene of the crash, which was reported at 11:19 a.m. Saturday, said the Redwood County Sheriff's Department. He was alone, driving a 1989 Oldsmobile Delta 88, authorities said. The vehicle struck an unattended 1968 heavy equipment trailer that was parked on a rural road, said the sheriff's department. His car was demolished.

The trailer was owned by Prescott Sanitation & Construction Inc. of Morton.

The crash occurred two miles north and a quarter mile east of Lucan. It is under investigation, the sheriff's department said.

Mass of Christian burial was held Wednesday, January 2, 2002 at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Wabasso. Burial was in the St. Catherine's Catholic Cemetery in Redwood Falls. The Redwood Valley Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

He was born May 24, 1980 in Springfield to Terry and Laurie (Knott) Ourada. He was baptized and confirmed at Our Lady of Victory, Lucan. He attended school at Our Lady of Victory, Lucan and Wabasso Public, graduating in 1998.

While in high school he was a member and captain of the Wabasso Rabbits wrestling team, he was in FFA, played football and baseball. Daniel was a student at Southwest State University, Marshall. He was majoring in Exercise Science with a minor in Coaching. He was a member of the SSU Mustang wrestling team. When he wasn't busy wrestling at SSU, he was coaching his three younger brothers and his godchild Dominic in wrestling techniques.

Daniel worked for Tom Moore Construction as a foreman in the summer months and helped his father on the farm with chores and fieldwork.

Violet Ford, 95

Services for Violet Ford, 95, of Marshall were held Friday, December 28, 2001 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Marshall. Burial was in Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

She died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2001, at Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Balaton.

Violet was born March 22, 1906, in rural Garvin to Miles and Florence (Moore) Wixon. She was baptized, received first communion and was confirmed in the Catholic faith at the church in Parkers Prairie. She and Robert Ford were married Feb. 13, 1928, in Marshall. They farmed in Sodus Township, Lyon County. They then moved to Otter Tail County and moved back to the Marshall area in 1959. Eventually they retired from farming and moved to Russell. Her husband died in 1986. A short time later, she moved to the Marshall Square Apartments. She entered Colonial Manor in 1994. Violet was a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, crocheting, reading and the Minnesota Twins.

Survivors include three daughters, Catherine Greenfield of Tracy, Rachel Breczinski of Marshall and Linda Stibbe of Balaton; three sons, Robert of Red Rock, Ariz., Merrill of Tracy and Duane of Great Falls, Mont.; 22 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; 16 great great grandchildren; a sister, Rachel Kaczrowski of Marshall; and three brothers, Ward of Balaton, Andrew of Tracy and William of Marshall.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a daughter, nine sisters and four brothers.


He is survived by his parents, Terry and Laurie Ourada of Lucan, his sister, Andrea, Mankato; brothers, Brandon, Michael and Dominic at home; his special friend Shannon Kumpf of Marshall, his grandmothers, Marcia Knott of Lucan and Marcia Ourada of Wabasso, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by hiss grandfathers Edward Knott and Francis Ourada.