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Obituaries from the week of January 23, 2002 Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880

Lorraine Carlson, 81

Mass of Christian Burial was held for Lorraine Carlson at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church on January 22, 2002. Monsignor Paul Evers officiated.

Her grandsons Romesh Lakhan, Hans Lakhan, Jon Olivier, Brad Carlson, Dustin Carlson and Matt Carlson were pall bearers.

Honorary pall bearers were Heidi Halverson, Cara Feeney, Staci Birt, Erin Muck, Sarah Carlson, Justin Carlson, Ivy Obermoller and Amber Obermoller.

Lorraine Mary was born on October 27, 1920, in Murray Township, the first of six children born to Albert Lea Pommier and Mary Lucille (Ruppert) Pommier. she was baptized in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and remained a member all her life. In 1938, she graduated from Immaculate Heart of Mary High School, Currie. She was united in marriage to Donald Murray Carlson on April 9, 1940. She was active in the Altar and Rosary Society and the American Legion Auxiliary and was president of the group from 1961-63.

Suffering from cancer, Lorraine entered the Slayton Manor in January of 2000, then Our House Hospice in Slayton in December 2001. She died there on January 20, 2002 at the age of 81 years.

Survivors include her children and grandchildren: Murray and Darlene Carlson of Janesville, Lana and Bill Olivier of Currie, Jill and Koresh Lakhan of Duluth, Daren and Debbie Carlson of St. Cloud, Dale Carlson of West Concord and Penny and Jim Obermoller, Clarks Grove; 17 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and brothers and sisters, Leon and Dora Pommier, Currie, Dolores Everett, East Jordan, Michigan, Joyce and Charles Elliott, Currie, Jeanne and Keith Stanton, Tracy, Wayne Pommier, Arcadia, Florida; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband in 1984 and one grandchild.

Interment was in Calvary Cemetery, Currie.

Ed Fernholz, 49

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, January 21, 2002 for Ed Fernholz, age 49 of Lucan. Father John Richter and Rev. John Heying officiated.

Pallbearers were Rich Krammer, Delbert Skoblick, Bernard Goblirsch, Sheldon Meyer, Myron Skoblick and Thomas Moore.

Edmund Joseph Fernholz was born Friday, September 19, 1952 in Burke, South Dakota to William and Kathleen (Heying) Fernholz. He was the second of their eight children. Ed grew up on a farm east of Winner, South Dakota and attended grade school at Plainview Country School and St. Mary's Parochial School in Winner. While attending St. Mary's, Ed developed his love for music and displayed talent as a pianist. He pursued this love throughout his life. He belonged to the Lucan City Band and entertained often in the area with his keyboard. Ed graduated from Winner High School in 1970. He participated in the high school band, playing alto and tenor saxophone. After graduation he attended Southern State College in Springfield, South Dakota earning an associate degree in carpentry.

In 1973, Ed moved to Lucan, Minnesota where he was employed by Macht Millwork as a cabinet maker. For the past several years he worked as caregiver for his good friend Leo Macht, living with Leo in his home. Ed also had a talent for gardening, supplying his neighbors with his excess produce and raising roses of all varieties. He was an excellent cook and meal planner, much to the envy of his sisters. He belonged to Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Lucan, the Knights of Columbus and the Lucan Lions Club as well as the Lucan City Band and enjoyed playing pool.

Edmund J. Fernholz died on Thursday, January 17, 2002 in his home in Lucan at the age of 49 years, 3 months and 28 days.

Ed is survived by his mother Kathleen Fernholz of Gregory, SD, two brothers, Jim of Odenton, Maryland, and Joe and his wife Anna of Platte, SD, three sisters, Rose Wells and husband Wade of Gilbert Arizona, Joan Grim and husband Rod of Gregory, SD, and Donna Wright and husband John of Sioux Falls, SD, and his good friend Leo Macht of Lucan. Also surviving are three nephews, Craig and Eric Wells and David Grim and six nieces, Margie Grim, Stacy, Jessie and Erin Fernholz, and Sarah and Rachel Wright as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, twin sisters Mary and Margy, his father William and a niece Cassie Grim.

Burial was in the Winner Catholic Cemetery, Winner, SD. The Sunset Funeral Home of Wabasso handled arrangements.

Vernette “Betty” Kruger, 85

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on January 26, 2002 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Tracy. Father Brian Mandel will officiated. Visitation will be on Friday, Jan. 25 from 4-9 p.m. at the church and 1 hour prior to the Mass on Saturday at the church.

Vernette Marcotte was born November 20, 1916 in rural Amiret. She graduated from Tracy High School.

On September 2, 1935 she married Royal Kruger at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Tracy. They owned Krugers Market in Tracy and Iona until 1943. In 1943 they began farming in the Tracy area. In 1976 they retired from farming and moved to Chino Valley, AZ. In 1983 they returned to Tracy.

Betty was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and active in the Catholic Daughters of America and the St. Mary's Church Guild. She enjoyed cooking and gatherings with family and friends.

Betty passed away on Monday, January 21, 2002 at Prairie View Healthcare Center in Tracy.

She is survived by her husband Royal; children, Ron (Janet) Kruger, Chino Valley, AZ, Richard (Ann) Kruger, Tracy, Roger Kruger, Tracy, Robert (Alida) Kruger, Cedar Falls, IA, Rosemary (Michael) Kruger/Martin, Tracy, Rodney (Virginia) Kruger, Slayton, MN; 18 grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren; sister's Marie VanMoer of Marshall and Marion O'Neil of Washington State; brother Walter Marcotte of Washington State; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by an infant son, four sisters and three brothers.