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Obituaries from the week of March 13, 2002

Janice (Wiese) Holbrook, 64

Janice May Holbrook died Friday, February 15th at Kaiser Permente Medical Center in Riverside, CA. Born June 24, 1937 in Heron Lake, MN she was the daughter of Harry and Clara Grunig Wiese. In 1941 she moved with her family to Holly Township, Murray County. She attended Country School at Dist. 24 and graduated from Tracy High School in 1955.

She married Vernon Holbrook at Tracy, MN on December 16, 1955. After marriage they lived in El Paso, Texas and Hamilton, Bermuda and had resided in Moreno Valley, California the past 41 years. She had recently retired after teaching in the Fontana Unified School District for 23 years. She was a member of The Forest Home Woman's Missionary Group.

Mrs. Holbrook is survived by her husband Vernon, two sons, Mark and David both of Moreno Valley; two daughters Debra Rawdin of Tucson, Arizona and Holly Danials of Moreno Valley; 11 grandchildren; a great-grandson, a brother Wayne Wiese of Slayton, MN and a sister Patricia Hutchins of Eugene, Oregon.

Services were held at Moreno Valley Mortuary Chapel on February 21, 2002 with burial at the Riverside National Cemetery Riverside, California.

Memorial donations may be made in memory of Janice Holbrook Campers Scholarship Fund and mailed to Forest Home Womans Auxiliary, 1520 Country Club Drive, Riverside, CA 92506.

Norbert Frericks, 77

 Services for Norbert Frericks, 77, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Tracy. Burial will be in Our Lady of Victory Cemetery in Lucan. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at Almlie Funeral Home in Tracy, with a 4 p.m. rosary and a 7:30 p.m. prayer service.

Norb passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2002 at Tracy Area Medical Services.

Keith Erbes, 58

Services for Keith Erbes, 58, of Currie will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Tracy Lutheran Church. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Almlie Funeral Home in Tracy, with a 7 p.m. prayer service. Visitation will continue Friday at the church one hour prior to services.

He died Tuesday, March 12, 2002, at Murray County Memorial Hospital in Slayton.

Mae Christensen, 84

Services for Mae Christensen, 84, of Milroy will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Milroy. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the church, with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service. Visitation will continue Friday from 9-10 a.m. at the church. Rehkamp Funeral Home of Marshall is in charge of arrangements.

She died Sunday, March 10, 2002, at Prairie View Healthcare Center in Tracy.

She was born March 29, 1917, in Amiret to Edwin and Isabell (Purvis) Robbins. Survivors include her husband, Roy Christensen; a daughter, Deloris Rath of Sioux Falls, S.D.; a son, Dennis Determan of Warrensburg, Mo.; a stepson, Jerome Christensen of Milroy; two stepdaughters, Diana Beebout of East Lost Lake and Janice Breta of Sioux Falls; 14 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Ruth Ioos, 85

Services for Ruth F. Ioos, 85, of Marshall were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 13 at Hamilton-Birk Funeral Home in Marshall with Pastor Jim Miller officiating. Burial was in the Lemon Cemetery near Akeley.

Honorary casketbearers were David Brown, Paul Mand, Norman Berg, Guy Root, Kirk Pew, Justin Krypel, Dustin Root, and Nicholas Mand. She died Sunday, March 10, 2002, at the Weiner Memorial Nursing Home in Marshall.

Ruth Francis Braband was born Oct. 20, 1916, in LeMars, Iowa, to August and Grace (DeBoer) Braband. She was raised in LeMars and attended rural school there. She and Carl Ioos were married at LeMars Aug. 1, 1934. They moved to a farm near Tracy in 1939, where they farmed until 1952. They lived in various locations in Minnesota until retiring to northern Minnesota, near Akeley. Carl passed away April 4, 1979. Ruth moved back to the Marshall community in 1981 and has lived here since that time. She has been a resident of the Weiner Memorial Nursing Home since December 2000. She was a member of the Agape Fellowship Church in Marshall and was active in the Marshall Senior Citizens. She worked at Fair Share and volunteered at the Senior Center. She enjoyed playing cards, cooking and fishing.

Ruth is survived by her two daughters, Lois (Robert) Snodgrass of Sebring, Fla. and Jeanette (Marvin) Brown of Burnsville; four brothers, Elmer “Butch” (Clara) Braband of Osakis, Maynard “Jinx” (Frances) Braband of LeMars, Donald (Mable) Braband of Balaton and Wallace (Violet) Braband of Sebring, Fla.; three sisters, Edith Armstrong of Walnut Creek, Calif., and Sylvia (Elmer) Johnson and Lou (Bob) Galbraith, both of Balaton. Also surviving are five grandchildren: Debra (Norman) Berg of Eagan, Pam (Guy) Root of Middletown, Del., Cynthia (Paul) Mand of Milwaukee, Wis., David Brown of Apple Valley and Patricia (Kirk) Pew of Shoreview; four great-grandchildren: Justin Krypel, Shelby and Dustin Root, and Nicholas Mand. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and five sisters, Eva, Jenny, Lorna, Edna and Gladys

Elda E. Lanoue, 82

Mass of Christian Burial was held for Elda Lanoue on Wednesday, March 13, 2002 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Marshall, MN.

Elda Elizabeth Fuhrmann was born on August 12, 1919 in Tyler, MN. She was the daughter of Henry and Alice Hania Fuhrmann. She graduated from Marshall High School in 1938. She married Alfred “Fritz” Lanoue on February 20, 1939 at Holy Redeemer Church in Marshall. The couple lived near Marshall and then for 21 years farmed near Tracy. In 1966 they moved to Marshall where Elda was the Head Cook for Weiner Memorial Hospital until her retirement in 1984. Fritz died in 1999.

Elda loved to cook, bake, garden, play cards and crochet and was an avid sports fan.

Elda passed away at her home on Monday, March 11, 2002.

She is survived by daughters, Beth (Tom) Brewers of Ghent and Nancy (Lanny) Iversen of Tracy and son Thomas (Dawn) Lanoue of Wabasso; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Richard in 1995 and brothers Carl and Harold.

Memorials to Prairie Home Hospice are preferred.

The Rehkamp Funeral Home of Marshall handled the arrangements.

David Louwagie, 70

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2002 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Milroy for David Louwagie. Visitation will be held on Wed., Mar. 13 from 4-8 p.m. at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Milroy with a Prayer Service at 8 p.m. Father Brian Thurn will officiate. Organists will be Carole Snyder and Doris Cauwels. Jean Schmidt and Sonia Schmeising will be song leaders. Greg Welu will be the lector.

Honorary casket bearers are Darcey Klein, Arlen Meyer, David Labat, Merlyn Bitker and Joe Cauwels.

Active casket bearers are Jeff Knott, Scott Stroman, Brad Knott, Steven Vandendriessche, Aaron Louwagie and Gary Wyffels.

David Nicholas Louwagie was born March 9, 1932 in Green Valley, MN to Maurice and Mildred (Welu) Louwagie. He was baptized at St. Cotilde Catholic Church in Cottonwood and confirmed at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lamberton. He gradated from Milroy High School in 1952. Following graduation, he entered the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean Conflict. He returned home and began farming.

David was united in marriage to Colleta Wyffels on September 15, 1956 at St. Edwards Catholic Church in Minneota. They continued farming in the Milroy area. Three children were born to this union: Roxanne, Steven and Cristine. David was a member of the American Legion, Lions Club, was active in the Farm Mediation Program, being an original mediator for the State of Minnesota, a member of R.C.I.S., F.S.A., served on the elevator board, creamery board and the parish council. He was also a bus driver for many years. David restored John Deere tractors and enjoyed wood working.

David died on March 10, 2002 at the Redwood Falls Hospital in Redwood Falls, MN at the age of 70 years and 1 day.

He is survived by his wife Colletta of Milroy; children Roxanne and husband Scott Stroman of Bloomington, Steven of San Antonia, TX and Cris and husband Jeff Knott of Milroy; grandchildren Randy, Ashley, Jonathan and Stuart; one sister Maurine Knott of Wabasso.

He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Rosemary Vandendriessche and brother Richard.

Ethel C. Scheer, 89

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 13, 2002 for Ethel C. Scheer at Tracy United Methodist Church in Tracy. Pastor Alan Bolte officiated. Jerry Engesser was soloist with Allen Pierson as organist.

Honorary casketbearers were members of the Mary Circle. Casket bearers were Gary Zimmerman, Gary Miller, Dale Wieme, Dennis Christenson, Gail Zimmerman, Mark Border and Sue Zimmerman.

Ethel Caroline Scheer was born July 10, 1912 to Martin G. and Lois (Collinson) Anderson in Carthage, South Dakota. She was baptized and confirmed in the Methodist faith. Ethel and her family lived on a farm in Howard, SD where she attended country school. She graduated from Howard High School in 1931. After high school Ethel moved to Primghar, IA.

She married Elmer Scheer on June 8, 1938 in Howard, IA.

The couple moved to Marshall, MN for a few years and then to a farm in Garvin in the late 1940's. In the mid 1960's Ethel and Elmer moved to Tracy. In the 1990's Ethel moved into Twin Circle Apartments.

Ethel was employed as a nurses' aide at Tracy Nursing Home for many years, and both she and her husband were janitors for the United Methodist Church. Ethel taught Sunday S chool, was in the choir and circle groups at United Methodist Church of Tracy. She was active in the Senior Center and enjoyed sewing, ceramics, quilting and singing.

She died March 10, 2002 at the Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD at the age of 89.

Ethel is survived by one son, Duane (Pat) Scheer of Ft. Dodge, IA, six grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; three brothers: Harold (Myrna) Anderson of Garvin, MN, Leland (Marge) Anderson of Mitchell, SD and Lester (Shirley) Anderson of Marshall, MN.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one infant son and one sister, Iris.

Burial was in the Tracy City Cemetery with the Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy handling arrangements.

Barbara J. Wahl, 71

Barbara J. Wahl, 71, of Westbrook, died Sunday, March 3, 2002, at Westbrook Good Samaritan Center, Westbrook. Services were held on Saturday, March 9, 2002 at Almlie Funeral Home, Westbrook, with the Rev. Roy D. Williams officiating.

Born May 6, 1930, in Cokato, she was the daughter of Carl and Mildred Boreen Nelson. She grew up in Cokato, moved to Chehalis, Wash., as a teen-ager and moved back to Cokato the same year. Barb was baptized and later confirmed in the Lutheran faith.

Barb married Robert Harris on July 19, 1947 and moved to Minneapolis. After being single for a few years, she married Harold Parcells on Dec. 22, 1951. Following his death, she moved to Tracy, MN.

She married Kenneth F. Wahl Jan. 6, 1978, in Las Vegas, Nev. They first lived on a farm south of Westbrook and later moved into Westbrook. Kenny became a resident of Good Samaritan Home in 1996 and died Aug. 4, 1997.

Over the years, she worked at Red Owl in Hopkins, The Med at Tracy, the Dovray Manor and the Elk Horn Inn in Westbrook. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary.

Surviving are three sons, Mark (Maggie) Harris, Andover, Grant (Laura) Parcells, Eagan, and Scott Parcells; one daughter, Kathy Reed; three sisters, Delores Triplett, Mesa, Ariz., Mary Jane Falk, Zumbrota, and Sandy Simmons, Belview, Wash.; grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husbands Harold Parcells and Kenny Wahl; a brother, killed in WW II.

Elfrieda Carlson, 72

Elfrieda W. Carlson, 72, of Slayton, died Sunday, March 10, 2002, at Our House Hospice Home, Slayton.

The service will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2002 at Lake Sarah Baptist Church, Slayton, with the Rev. John Lassen officiating. Burial will be in Lake Sarah Baptist Cemetery, Slayton. Totzke Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Born July 16, 1929, in Tracy, she was the daughter of Wilhelm and Johanne Deling Hoffrogge. She married Luverne Carlson Nov. 24, 1949, at Revere Lutheran Church.

She grew up on the family farm near Revere, Tracy, and Lamberton, and attended schools there. She graduated from Lamberton High School in 1947. She worked as a nurse's aid at Tracy Hospital. After marriage, they farmed near Lake Sarah Township until 1958. Then they farmed near Elbow Lake until 1969, when they moved back to Lake Sarah Township, and farmed on the Carlson family farm. She was a member of Lake Sarah Baptist Church, where she served as a deaconess, and church clerk. She also belonged to the Ladies Aid, and the Lake Sarah Extension Club.

Surviving are her husband; one son, Leon (Karla) Carlson, Sioux Falls, S.D.; two daughters, Lynnette Schuch, Bloomington, Luann (John) Nelson, St. Louis Park; five sisters, Lena (Wilbert) Dehne, Lamberton, Helka Gunder, Mountain Lake, Marie (Shirley) Flesner, Tracy, Minnie (Glen) Kronback, Lamberton, Margaret (Spencer) Flesner, Phoenix, Ariz.; and seven grandchildren.