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Obituaries from the week of April 3, 2002

Lavina Lindsley, 99

Memorial services for Lavina M. Lindsley will be held on Saturday, April 6 at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Slayton. Visitation is one hour prior to services at the church.

Lavina Lindsley was born on July 14, 1902 on a farm in Lyon County, MN to Thurston and Matilda Wichman Cady. She grew up on the family farm and attended country school. The Cady family moved to a farm near Marshall, MN and Lavina graduated from Tracy High School in 1921. She then took her Normal Teachers training at Tracy and taught school.

On June 18, 1923, she and Bayard Lindsley were married at her parent's home. Following their marriage, they farmed in Lake Sarah Twp., south of Garvin from 1923 until 1947 when they moved to Slayton. Lavina started working at the Slayton Public Library in 1968 and became head librarian in 1972 and worked there until her retirement in 1981. Bayard passed away on August 26, 1979. Lavina continued living in Slayton until 1995 when she moved to Marshall.

In 1999 she entered the Minneota Manor and passed away there on March 28, 2002 at the age of 99.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Slayton where she had been the assistant organist and taught Sunday School. Previously she belonged to the Garvin Congregational Church where she had taught Sunday School, and served as President of the Women's Association, Clerk of the Session, and helped with Bible School and release time classes. She had been an active member of the Slayton Eastern Star and had served as Worthy Matron. She also was on the District #9 Country School Board for nine years before moving to Slayton. She belonged to the Monday Study Club and the Murray Co. Historical Society.

Lavina's favorite pastimes included music, playing the piano, sewing, crocheting, tatting, reading and spending time with her family.

Survivors include her three children and their spouses: Warren and June Lindsley of Marshall, MN, Barbara and Jim Alexander of Minneapolis, MN and Robert and Linda Lindsley of Garvin, MN; 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Bayard, seven sisters and three brothers.

The Totzke Funeral Home in Slayton is handling arrangements.

Marlo Triplett, 82

Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 2, 2002 for Marlo Triplett at Lake Sarah Lutheran Church, Garvin, MN. Rev. Melba Smith officiated. Organist was Darwin Smith.

Casket bearers were Gerald Janssen, Joe Buyck, Floyd Radke, Robert Weilage, Joe Cooreman and Larry Laleman.

Marlo was born October 25, 1919 north of Garvin to Mark Triplett and Augusta Frisvold Triplett. He was baptized December 3, 1921 and confirmed May 31, 1936 in the Lutheran faith. The family moved alot, lived in the areas of Garvin, Tracy, Pipestone, Lake Wilson and back to Garvin where he grew up.

On September 14, 1940 he married Martha Gilb. They worked for farmers for three years, then started farming for themselves south of Balaton. They farmed there for three years and then moved to a farm northeast of Garvin where they farmed for 16 years. In February of 1963 Marlo quit farming and began working for the John Deere dealer in Tracy. Marlo worked there for 20 years, retiring in February of 1983.

Marlo volunteered many hours at The Wheels Across the Prairie museum, repairing and rebuilding old buildings. He also enjoyed woodworking as a hobby. He was a member of Lake Sarah Lutheran Church in Garvin.

Marlo died on Friday, March 29, 2002.

Marlo is survived by three children, Patricia Holmbeck, LeRoy and his wife Sara, Merlyn and his wife Delores; grandchildren Mark Triplett, Rebecca Bartz, Jay Triplett, Dean Triplett, Lee Triplett, Judy Alexander; great-grandchildren Lyvia Bartz, Eleanor Bartz, Chris Alexander and Brandon Alexander.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, a grandson Ronnie and son-in-law Ronald.

Interment was in the Tracy City Cemetery with Tracy Area Funeral Home handling arrangements.

Celia Johnson, 97

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 30, 2002 at the Balaton United Methodist Church for Celia Johnson. Reverend O. Thomas Booker officiated. Soloist was Karen Thooft and Peggy Bundy was organist.

Casket bearers were Bradley Johnson, Jeffery Johnson, Steven Ringer, Scott Blanchard, Kevin Johnson and Kenneth Johnson.

Celia (Gifford) Johnson was born February 20, 1905 to George and Ruth (Hughes) Gifford in Custer Township, Lyon County, MN. She was baptized and confirmed in the Methodist faith. Celia grew up on the family farm and attended country school.

On June 26, 1925 Celia married Arnold Johnson in Lake Wilson, MN. They made their home on the Terry Johnson farm west of Balaton and various other farms in Tracy, Russell and Balaton from the 1940's to the 1960's. During that time Celia held various jobs as a waitress, salesclerk and egg candler. After the 1960's the couple moved to Mound, MN where they managed an apartment building for two years. They then moved back to Tracy, MN and lived in the Centennial Homes. When Celia's health failed she moved into the Slayton Nursing Home, Slayton, MN for a while and then moved to the Colonial Manor in Balaton, MN where she was a resident for 20 years.

Celia was a member of the Ladies Aide, enjoyed crocheting Afghans, playing cards, reading, reminiscing about the old days. She liked getting cards in the mail and spending time with her family and friends.

She died Sunday, March 24, 2002 at the Colonial Manor Nursing Home of Balaton, MN at the age of 97.

Celia is survived by two sons; Kenneth (Karen) of Elk River, MN, Douglas (Carol) of Avoca, MN, two daughters; Arnelda King of Mazeppa, MN, Joanne (Robert) Blanchard of Donna, TX; 23 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 10 step-grandchildren, 23 step-great-grandchildren and 8 step-great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold; daughter, Beth; three sisters, Lorenta, Anna and Lydia; three brothers, Elfridge, Mark and Willard, one great-grandchild, Jessica.

Burial was in the Lakeside Cemetery, Balaton, MN. The Almlie Funeral Home of Balaton handled arrangements.

Carl Stenberg, 99

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 30, 2002 for Carl "Oscar" Stenberg at the Trinity Lutheran Evangelical Church in Walnut Grove, MN. Reverend Terri Skildum officiated. Soloist was Errol Steffen, with Mary Malmberg as organist.

Honorary casket bearers were: Pam Swanson, Lynn Swanson, Angie Dahlberg, Natalie Vandeputte, Shannon Brice, Brian Brice, Sherri Drackley, David Dahlberg, Dennis Vandeputte and the Tracy Lion's Club.

Active casket bearers were Jay Swanson, Ryan Stenberg, Joel Swanson, Scott Stenberg, Todd Drackley and Gary Dahlgren.

Carl "Oscar" Stenberg was born January 10, 1903 to Charles and Mathilda (Larson) Stenberg in North Hero Township of Redwood County, MN. He was baptized at the age of 8 years old at the Lake Florida Mission Church near Willmar, MN. Oscar attended District 19 school and began farming with his dad and brothers. In 1923 he was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church, Walnut Grove, MN.

On September 16, 1939 Oscar married Kathryn Dahlgren at the Trinity Lutheran parsonage in Walnut Grove. The couple farmed in Gales Township northeast of Tracy, MN. In 1984, they moved into Tracy and in 1996 moved to O'Brien Court. In January 1999 Oscar became a resident of the Tracy Nursing Home.

Oscar served as a Deacon, Trustee and on the church council of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Walnut Grove. He was also a member of the Senior Center, Golden Age and Lion's clubs of Tracy. Oscar played the part of Mr. Hansen in the Laura Ingalls Wilder pageant "Fragments of a Dream" for 11 years. His hobbies were woodworking, walking, playing bingo. Oscar also enjoyed going to the Red Rooster for a good cup of coffee and especially enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Oscar died Wednesday, March 27, 2002 in the Tracy Nursing Home at the age of 99.

He is survived by his two daughters; Marilyn (Eugene) Swanson of Walnut Grove, MN, Doris (Harold) Drackley of Tracy, MN; one son, Charles (Susan) Stenberg of Hutchinson, MN; three granddaughters; five grandsons and 13 great-grandchildren.

Oscar was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn, his parents, two brothers and three sisters.

Interment was in the Walnut Grove City Cemetery, Walnut Grove, MN with the Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy handling arrangements.