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Obituaries from the week of June 5, 2002

Avenell Boelke, 87

Funeral services were held at English Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove, MN on Saturday, June 1, 2002 for Avenell Margaret Boelke. Pastor Paul Carlson officiated.

Casket bearers were Greg Johnson, Suzanne Johnson, Tim Johnson, Mickey Conway, Peter Conway, Paul Wilson, Joel Wilson, Jim Wilson, Bridget Dawson, Jens Conway, Chris Jensen, Eric Jensen, Amy Domierer and Sarah Weidman.

Avenell was born June 27, 1914 to Francis J. and Margaretha (Stitz) Berberich in Springfield, MN. She attended Springfield Public School and graduated as class valedictorian in 1931. Avenell worked as a legal secretary for Albert Loomis for 5 years and on August 10, 1936 she married Jens C. (Jim) Jensen at Brookville Lutheran Church in Brookville Township. The couple farmed near Morgan in Brookville Township.

Avenell worked at the Springfield Community Hospital for 19 years from 1959-1978. Jim died on December 11, 1973.

On April 15, 1978 she married Lawrence Boelke at English Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove, MN.

Avenell was a former member of Brookville Lutheran Church and St. Matthew's Lutheran Church at Evan, a current member of English Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove and the Alpha Circle. She loved reading, dancing, cooking, baking, card playing and ice skating. She was a devoted mother and grandmother.

Avenell died Wednesday, May 29, 2002 at Tracy Hospital in Tracy, MN.

She is survived by her husband, Lawrence Boelke of Walnut Grove, MN; son Jim and Konnie Jensen of New Ulm; daughters, Marcia and David Wilson of Bloomington, MN and Mona Conway of Littleton, CO; a step-daughter Mary Lou and Milo Meling of Las Vegas, NV; a son-in-law, Lyle Johnson of New Ulm, MN; 14 grandchildren; one step-grandchild; 15 great-grandchildren; a sister, Adeline Flaig of Alexandria, MN and a brother, Norbert (Butch) Berberich of Robbinsdale, MN.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Jim Jensen in 1973; a daughter, Mary Mirth Johnson in 1993; a son-in-law, William Conway in 1999; and a sister Mary Ann Maurer.

Interment was in Brookville Dannebod Cemetery, Sleepy Eye, MN with the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield handling arrangements.

Veronica Cummiskey, 99

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 4, 2002 for Veronica Cummiskey at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Currie, MN. Monsignor Paul Evers officiated. The organist was Patty LeClaire with Gene Dold as song leader.

Pallbearers were Billie Maher, Steve Schreier, John Schreier, Mike Galvin, Jim Gervais, and Robert Ankrum.

Veronica Cummiskey was born on September 21, 1902 at the family farm in Shetek Twp., Murray County, MN to Philip and Catherine Ewen Cummiskey. She grew up on the family farm and graduated from IHM High School in Currie. She continued her education at Slayton Normal School and then taught for 47 years, first at Country School District #47, then Sunrise Country School and then in Tracy Public School.

She took pleasure in teaching and kept in contact with her former pupils, many of whom visited her after her retirement. Veronica lived with her family all of her life and they all moved into Currie in 1979.

She passed away at the Tracy Nursing Home on June 1, 2002 at the age of 99.

She was an active life member of IHM Church at Currie, the W.C.C.W. and taught religious education for many years. She belonged to the court of St. Theresa #973 of the Catholic Daughters of America and held many offices. Veronica loved to write letters and receive mail and spent much time doing that. She also loved to read and had a fondness for poetry, even memorizing poems in her later years. She would recite those that she learned as a child. She kept a diary for 60 years and was very interested in world affairs and read papers to keep up with them. Veronica had a reputation for her hospitality and the great meals that she served her many friends, always looking forward to their visits.

Survivors include one sister, Beatrice Caron of Mankato, MN and one brother, Phillip Cummiskey of Currie; one sister-in-law, Marcella Cummiskey and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Marguerite and Agnes and brothers, John, Leo, Gerald and Don Cummiskey.

Interment was at Calvary Cemetery in Currie, MN with the Totzke Funeral Home of Slayton handling arrangements.

M. Lois Kauppila, 78

Funeral services were held on Monday, June 3, 2002 for M. Lois Kauppila, 78 of Lake Breeze Dr., Conneaut, OH at the Marcy Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Conneaut, OH, with the Rev. Todd Regester of First Baptist Church officiating. Burial was in Greenlawn Memory Gardens, North Klingsville, OH. Mrs. Kauppila died Thursday, May 30, in the Hospice Unit of the Ashtabula County Medical Center from complications of A.L.S. (Lou Gehrig's Disease).

Mrs. Kauppila was born October 1, 1923 in Westbrook, MN and was the daughter of the late Alfred W. and Lydia A. (Jorgenson) Lindquist.

She was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy in which she was an aviation machinist's mate third class involved in engine repair and testing. She was stationed in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii where she met her husband. She had been employed at the A & P Grocery, Loblaws and retired as deli manager from Mr. G's Value King. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Conneaut, and enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, taking walks and being with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband Wayne M. “Sonny” Kauppila whom she married October 12, 1946, in Westbrook, MN; two daughters, Kandace L. Kubichek of Conneaut, OH and Kimberly A. Tackett of North Kingsville, OH; four sons, Mark A. of North Kingsville, OH, Joel W. and Brian R. both of Conneaut, and Jeffrey C. of Austin, TX; her brother Allan W. Lundquist of Ocala, FL; and 11 grandchildren, Matthew, Katie, Ashley, Brianna, Tommy, Chrissy, Timmy, and Bethany Kauppila, Paige Kubichek, Jacob Tackett and Ame Erdman.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister June V. Jansma.

Medard Debbaut, 92

Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 10, 2002 at St. Mary's Catholic Church for Medard R. Debbaut. Father Brian Mandel officiated with Bernard Wieme as soloist and Richard Stelter as organist.

Casket bearers were Marion Debbaut, Dale Wieme, Allen Wieme, David Vandendriessche, Richard Wieme and David Wieme.

Honorary casket bearers were Bernard Wieme, Paul Erickson, Alvin Wieme and Travis Kleinfeldt.

Medard Richard Debbaut was born August 10, 1909 to Oscar and Augusta (DeVogeleare) Debbaut in Peoria, Illinois. He was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith. In 1919, the family moved to a farm seven miles north of Minneota, Minnesota where he attended public school. Following his schooling he continued to work on the family farm.

On January 5, 1932 he married Erma Marie Wieme. They made their home on a farm north of Minneota, MN for two years before moving to a farm one mile east of Minneota. For the next several years they farmed southwest of Minneota, before moving to a farm one mile west of Jasper, MN in March of 1943.

In the fall of 1946 they purchased the Joy Theater in Minneota, MN. Medard and Erma enjoyed meeting all the people who came to the theater. Medard also worked part-time at the Minneota Post Office starting in 1947. The theater closed in the mid 50's and Medard began working in the Post Office full-time until his retirement in 1973. In 1997, they moved to O'Brien Court in Tracy, MN. In May of 1999, he became a resident of Prairie View Healthcare Center in Tracy.

Medard was a member of St. Edward's Catholic Church most of his life. In 1997, he became a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Tracy. Medard and Erma celebrated their 68 years of marriage before Erma's death on January 22, 2000.

Medard enjoyed life, his family and friends from many areas of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Medard and Erma enjoyed traveling, fishing in Canada, and spent their winters in Florida, Texas, and Mexico for 25 years. He had many interests and hobbies. He built a radio crystal set in 1927. He also built them for people in Minneota. He did taxidermy in his early married years, followed by photography and small engine repair in the 1950's. He also restored old tractors and steam engines.

Medard passed away on May 29, 2002 at the age of 92 years.

Medard is survived by three children; one son, Maurice (Arletta), of Council Bluffs, IA; two daughters, Georgene (Donald) Tierney, of Webb City, MO; Barbara (Darrell) Kleinfeldt, of Prior Lake, MN, eight grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and sister Irene Wieme.

Interment was at St. Edwards Cemetery, Minnesota, MN with Father Jerry Hillesheim officiating.

Arrangements were handled by Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy, MN.