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Obituaries from the week of August 28, 2002

Wallace Greenfield, 82

Funeral services were held on Thursday, August 22, 2002 for Wallace Greenfield at Lake Sarah Lutheran Church in Garvin, MN. Officiant was Rev. Melba Smith with Lois Robinson as organist.

Honorary casket bearers were Robert Horner, Darwin Horner, Mark Becker, Darin Horner, Corey Horner, Matthew Greenfield, Meghan Collins, Nathan Greenfield and Morgan Graff.

Wallace Greenfield was born January 27, 1920 in Rock Lake Township, Lyon County, MN to Albert and Fannie (Sonius) Greenfield. He grew up in Rock Lake Township and attended country school. Following school he worked on the family farm. He served in the U.S. Army from January 1942 - December 1945. Following his discharge from the service he returned to the Balaton area where he farmed. He then worked for two roofing companies.

On February 14, 1975 he was united in marriage to Blanche Greenfield, in Brookings, SD. They resided in Tracy. Wallace enjoyed spending time with his family. He was a member of the Balaton American Legion and the Tracy V.F.W. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and reading.

Wallace Greenfield died on August 19, 2002 at the Prairie View Healthcare Center in Tracy at the age of 82 years, 6 months and 22 days.

He is survived by his sister Helen Towne of Garvin, brother Al Greenfield of Tracy; five stepchildren, Lenny (Marvin) Becker of Garvin, Lilia (Lonnie) Horner of Tracy, Loren (Marilyn) Greenfield of Galesburg, IL, Linda (Paul) Collins of Las Vegas, NV, Larry (Catherine) Greenfield of Fonda, IA; nine step-grandchildren and 15 step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Blanche, one brother and two sisters.

Burial was in Bethany Lutheran Cemetery in Garvin, MN. The Tracy Area Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Shirley Nelson, 70

Funeral services were held on Sunday, August 25, 2002 for Shirley Nelson at the United Methodist Church in Walnut Grove, MN. The Rev. Michael Smith officiated. Organist was Laurie Johnson with singers Barbie Rechtdigel and Lincoln Olson. Pallbearers were all her grandchildren.

Shirley Nelson was born on September 17, 1931 at Granite Rock Township, Redwood County, near Lucan, MN to William and Agnes Zaske Klante. She grew up on a farm near Lucan and graduated from Milroy High School in 1949.

On September 29, 1950, she and Maynard “Dimps” Nelson were married at the Lutheran church parsonage in Milroy. Following their marriage they lived in Walnut Grove where they operated the Red Owl Store for many years. Dimps died on October 6, 1982 and Shirley continued living in Walnut Grove until 1996 when she moved to Vesta, MN.

Shirley passed away on August 22, 2002 following heart surgery in Sioux Falls, SD. She was 70 years old.

Shirley was a member of the United Methodist Church in Walnut Grove where she was very active in many activities. She enjoyed playing cards, crocheting, watching baseball, especially the Twins, traveling and spending time with her friends and family.

Survivors include her three children and their spouses: Darla and Randy Larsen of Clear Lake, IA, Daris and Teri Nelson of Marshall, MN, and Joe and Carol Nelson of Marshall; 10 grandchildren: Brandon and Laura Nelson, Staci Nelson, Traecy Singsaas, Corey Wright, Jason and Nicole Larsen, Brock Larsen, Crystal and Chad Schultz, Manda and Keith Gempler, Stacy and Shawn Labat; four great-grandchildren: Blake Nelson, Walter Lawrence, Caleb Biddle and Grace Hoskins; brothers and their wives: Glen Klante of Enid, OK, Vern and Roberta Klante of Lucan, MN, Harlan Klante of Elk River, MN and a sister, Detta and her husband, John Comnick of Upland, CA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Maynard and two sisters-in-law, Joyce and Mary Klante.

Interment was in the Walnut Grove Cemetery, Walnut Grove, MN, with the Totzke Funeral Home of Slayton handled arrangements.

Ed Schentzel, 76

Ed Schentzel, formerly of Balaton, passed away on Sunday, August 25, 2002 at the Veterans Hospital in Minneapolis.

Ed graduated from Balaton High School and the University of Minnesota. He was in the US Navy during World War II and was a long time employee of NSP.

He is survived by his wife Jen (Gilpin) and son Keith and daughter Joan.