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Obituaries from the week of October 2, 2002

Hugh Gervais, 77

Hugh Bernard Gervais, 77, of Currie, died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2002, at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester. Services were held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, 2002 at IHM Church, Currie, with the Msgr. Paul Evers officiating.

The organist was Patty LeClaire with song leader Kayo Silvernale.

The pallbearers were all grandsons, Dale Knutson, Christopher Gervais, Mark Gervais, Michael Schmitt, Joseph Schmitt and David Schmitt.

The Knights of Columbus served as honorary pallbearers.

Born Sept. 26, 1924, on a farm east of Currie, he was the son of Philip and Elizabeth Sandgathe Gervais. He married Louise Surprenant Aug. 20, 1953, in Currie.

He grew up on the farm and attended school in Currie. After his 1942 high school graduation, he joined the U.S. Army. He was awarded a Purple Heart for being wounded in action in Germany and discharged in 1945. He graduated from Iowa State in 1949 and returned to the family farm. After marriage, they farmed near Currie until his 1987 retirement. He served on the IHM Church council, taught release time, was a Grand Knight for Knights of Columbus, a Catholic Order of Foresters member, a Town and Country member and a past commander at American Legion Post No. 322, Currie.

Surviving are his wife; two sons, Francis (Loretta) Gervais, Currie, and Robert (Katie) Gervais, Currie; six daughters, Marie (Duane) Knutson, Springfield; Martha (Mark) Siska, Rochester; Elizabeth (Nick) Larson, Vergas; Kathleen (Ken) Schmitt, Willmar; Julie (Mark) Suedbeck, Spicer; and Michelle (Ken) Zabella, Andrews Air Force Base, Md.; four sisters, Sister Generose, Rochester; Marian Manis, Woodland Hills, Calif.; Betty (John) Connors, Lubbock, Tex.; and Glenna (Frank) Boyle, Springfield; and 25 grandchildren.

Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Currie. Totzke Funeral Home, Slayton, was in charge of arrangements.

Kenneth Gullickson, 85

Services were held today, Wednesday, October 2, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, Walnut Grove, Minnesota for Kenneth Gullickson.

Honorary casket bearers were his grandchildren: Jessica Quiram, Christopher Myers, Joshua Myers, Mike Bruns, Mark Bruns, Katie Bruns, Jennifer Strong, Nicole Strong, Brian Strong, Jeremy Knakmuhs, Alison Knakmuhs, Brian Theisen and Aaron Theisen

Casket bearers were Mark Koblegard, Jim Hoyt, Gary Anderson, Doug Krentz, Tom Zeug and Doug Zeug.

Kenneth Palmer Gullickson was born July 8, 1917 in Holly Township, Murray County, Minnesota on the family farm, to John C. and Annie (Pederson) Gullickson. He attended country school and graduated from Walnut Grove High School in 1935.

Kenneth was united in marriage to Merron Tompkins on May 23, 1954 at the First Presbyterian Church in Tracy. After their marriage they settled in Holly Township where they farmed until retiring in 1980. They continued to live on the farm until November of 1990, when they moved into Walnut Grove.

In his early days Kenneth loved to dance, he was a story teller, enjoyed having coffee and visiting, playing cards and telling jokes. He had a great sense of humor and especially enjoyed his grandchildren. He was a member of St. Olaf Church, where he served on the church council and in various other capacities, and he was a member of the Holly Birthday Club.

Kenneth Palmer Gullickson died on September 30, 2002 at the Tracy Hospital at the age of 85 years, 2 months and 22 days.

He is survived by his wife Merron of Walnut Grove; daughters Karen Myers and special friend Doug Midthun of Lake Crystal, Joanne (Rich) Bruns of Hinckley, Jean (Don) Strong of Castle Rock, CO, and Janet (Leo) Theisen of Walnut Grove; thirteen grandchildren and one great grandson Kyle Quiram.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and sister Mary Ann.

Interment was in the St. Olaf Lutheran Cemetery, Ann Township, Cottonwood County, Minnesota with arrangements handled by Walnut Grove Funeral Home, Walnut Grove, Minnesota.

Susan Jenniges, 74

Funeral services were held today, Wednesday, October 2, 2002 at St. Mathias Catholic Church in Wanda for Susan M. Jenniges, age 74 of Springfield, MN. Father Leonard Jenniges officiated. Dan Weber was organist with vocalists Mark and Rebecca Guetter.

Casket bearers were Nick Jenniges, Rick Jenniges, Bill Jenniges, Jim Jenniges, Jerry Jenniges and Joe Williams.

Susan Marie, the daughter of Michael and Margaret (Moelter) Brand, was born on October 19, 1927 in Willow Lake Township, Redwood County. She attended country school, District #32 in Willow Lake township.

On April 10, 1951 she married Austin Jenniges at St. Mathias Catholic Church in Wanda. They resided in Wanda until moving to the Jenniges farm in Waterbury Township, where Susan lived until becoming a resident of St. John's Lutheran Home in June of 2002. Susan was a lifetime resident of the Wanda area and a life long member of St. Mathias Catholic Church. She was a homemaker, an active member of her church, a Western Community Action Volunteer, and for many years a member and officer of CCW, Lady Foresters, and the Liturgy Committee. She cared for the altar linens and served as a greeter for Mass, Minister of Praise and sang with the choir for 58 years. In 1998, Susan received the Bishops Medal of Service.

Survivors include her ten children, Nick and his wife Karen Jenniges of Wanda, Anne and her husband Joe Williams of Falcon Heights, Rick Jenniges of Wanda, Helen and her husband Mark Guetter of Wabasso, Patty and her husband Gary Peterson of Tracy, Betsy and her husband Tom Holm of New Ulm, Jerry Jenniges of Lucan, Mary and her husband Brad Eggersorfer of Mankato, Bill Jenniges and Melissa Krueger of Hutchinson, and Jim Jenniges of Wanda; a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters Nick Brand of Hopkins, Catherine Brand of Wabasso, Herb Brand of Wanda, Hubert and his wife Veronica Brand of Lucan, Chris Brand of St. Paul; in-laws Bertha Altermatt, Dick and his wife Elaine Rohlik and Father Leonard Jenniges, all of Wanda, Jean and her husband Bill Duetsch and Mary Jenniges, both of Ellsworth, Irene Jenniges of Wabasso, and Annabelle Jenniges of Winona; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Austin in 1988; a sister Sister Michael Ann Brand; sisters-in-law Faye, Gloria and Marie Brand; brothers-in-law Vincent, Billy, Clair and Valentine Jenniges and Isadore Altermatt.

Interment was in St. Mathias Catholic Cemetery in Wanda with arrangements being handled by Sturm Funeral Home of Springfield, MN.

Norma Lynch, 85

Services were held on Monday, September 30, 2002 for Norma Lynch at the Tracy United Methodist Church.

Norma M. Lynch was born September 2, 1917 to Charles I. and Nona (Rea) Averill in Shetek Township, Murray County. She was baptized and confirmed in the United Methodist faith. She attended District 16 country school and graduated from Tracy High School in 1936. As a young woman she worked in Steinberg's Ice Cream Parlor in Tracy.

On April 27, 1942 Norma married Earl Lynch in Tracy, MN. They made their home on Earl's farm south of Tracy, where they lived their whole life together. Norma remained on the farm until she entered the Our House of Slayton, MN last week where she died at the age of 85.

Norma was a very active member of the Tracy United Methodist Church, having held position on church boards, teaching Sunday School, a member of the UMW and Martha Circle. She also was a member of SSS Club, Golden Age, Prime Timers and was a Food Shelf volunteer and former 4-H leader. She enjoyed playing Bridge and 500 with her clubs, gardening, sewing, reading, handwork and visiting with friends, but especially loved spending time with her three daughters and their families.

Norma is survived by her three daughters, Janice (Gary) Radke of Montevideo, MN, Nancy (Elliott) Tukua of Damascus, OR and Sherry (Ed) Gutman of Tracy; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and nieces, nephews and cousins.

Her parents, husband, Earl, two brothers and one sister preceded her in death.

Interment was at the Tracy City Cemetery before the funeral with the graveside committal service at 1 p.m. on Monday.

The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy handled arrangements.

Dr. Hugh D. Patterson, 91

Dr. Hugh D. Patterson from Slayton, MN passed away September 26, 2002 at the age of 91 years.

A memorial service will be held at Tracy United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. on Sat., October 12, 2002.

Esther Rosen, 94

Esther Minnie (Williams) Rosen was born August 6, 1908 to Joseph and Ida (Panhnish) Williams in Russell, MN. She was baptized and confirmed in the Presbyterian faith. Esther grew up on a farm in the Russell area and attended country school.

She married Gust Rosen in 1932 and the couple made their home on a farm in the Russell area until the 1960's when they retired and moved into Russell. In the mid 1980's they moved to an apartment in Tyler, MN and in 1987 Esther moved into The Sunrise Manor in Tyler.

She was a lifelong member of the Russell Presbyterian Church, the church's women's groups and various card clubs. Esther loved taking care of children for friends and family and playing cards.

She died Monday, September 23, 2002 at the Sunrise Manor in Tyler, MN at the age of 94.

Esther is survived by two daughters, Letta (Lester) Moat of Tyler, MN and Ellen (Richard) Bebus of Minneapolis, MN; two sons, Allen Rosen of Tyler, MN and Kenneth (Maria) Rosen of Blaine, MN; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one sister, Lucille Weidauer of Marshall, MN and nieces, nephews and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Gust and one brother Lee.

Hazel Shaw, 97

Funeral services are pending at the Almlie Funeral Home in Tracy for Hazel Shaw, 97 of Tracy. Hazel passed away on Tuesday, October 1, 2002 at the Tracy Area Hospital.

Marie P. Struchen, 92

Funeral services were held on Monday, September 30, 2002 for Marie Struchen at Lake Sarah Lutheran Church in Garvin, MN. Rev. Melba Smith officiated. Organist was Lois Robinson.

Casket bearers were Dennis Sorenson, Steven Struchen, Donald Struchen, Aldon Struchen, Douglas Sorenson, Glen Struchen and Justin Struchen.

Marie Pauline Struchen was born November 12, 1909 to Henry and Martena (Keller) Imhoff in Sanborn, IA. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. She grew up on a farm near Melvin, IA in Osceola County, where she attended country school. After school she trained as a nurse and worked at the Worthington Hospital.

In June of 1929 Marie married George Struchen and they made their home on a farm near Milford, IA. In the late 1930's they moved to a farm in the Melvin area near her parents farm. In 1954 they moved to a farm south of Garvin in Lake Sarah Township and farmed until her husband's death in 1970. She moved to the Minneapolis area to be with her daughter until the late 70's when she moved to Tracy and later became a resident of the Prairie View Healthcare Center in the late 1980's, where she died at the age of 92.

Marie was a member of the Lake Sarah Lutheran Church and was active in it's women's groups. She was a very active member of the Tracy Senior Center, loved to sew, play cards and quilting. She also enjoyed traveling with her friends over the years.

Marie is survived by one son, Robert (Donna) Struchen of Garvin, MN; one daughter JoAnn (Ronald) Sorenson of Plymouth, MN; 15 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; one daughter-in-law, Joy Struchen of Leasburg, NC; one brother, Albert (Vernetta) Imhoff of Spirit Lake, IA; one sister, Mildred Kraft of May City, IA; two sisters-in-law, Theresa Imhoff of Westbrook, MN and Dorothy Imhoff of Ashton, IA; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Her parents, husband, George, one son, Kenneth, one grandson, Gary, one great-great-granddaughter, Jenna and five brothers preceded her in death.

Intement was in the Slayton Memorial Gardens, Slayton, MN. The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy handled arrangements.