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Obituaries from the week of January 30, 2002

Lewis Budahn, 75

Funeral services were held on Monday, Jan. 28, 2002 for Lewis Budahn of rural Courtland, at the First United Methodist Church in New Ulm.

Lewis Vernon Budahn, the son of Vernon and Myrtle (Sinell) Budahn, was born August 4, 1926 in Arlington. Following graduation from Arlington High School in 1944, he worked in the family auto garage business. On August 12, 1947 he was united in marriage to Therese Harens in Arlington. In 1959, they moved to New Ulm where he owned and operated Budahn International Garage with his father and brothers, Claude and Earl. His wife died in 1968.

He married Naomi Bode on January 18, 1969 in Courtland. They made their home on her farm east of Courtland. He retired in 1988, and was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Naomi of Courtland; sons, Alan Budahn of Minneapolis, James Budahn and his wife Amy of Lakewood, CO; daughters, Jeanette Hollingsworth of Tracy, Charlotte Steveson and her husband Chris of Lakewood, CO; stepchildren, Nadine Bode of New Ulm, Krista Riggs of Courtland, Anthony Bode and his wife Julia of Scottsdale, AZ, Henry Bode and his wife Claudette of LaCrosse, WI, Paula Crownover and her husband Craig of Ft. Colins, CO; 18 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brothers, Alvin Budahn and his wife Marianne of Darwin, Claude Budahn and his wife Lucille of New Ulm, Earl Budahn and his wife Joan of Arlington; nieces and nephews.

Burial was in the New Ulm City Cemetery with the Firle Funeral Home of New Ulm handling arrangements.

John F. Lingen, 75

John Francis Lingen, 75, of Holland, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2002, at Avera McKennan Hospital, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Services were held on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at St. Martin Catholic Church, Woodstock. Burial was in the St. Martin Catholic Cemetery, Woodstock.

Born April 21, 1926, near Currie, he was the son of Alfred and Rose McClain Lingen. He married Gladys Sorensen April 30, 1953, in Woodstock.

He grew up on the family farm and attended country school. He attended Tracy High School, but quit school to help on the family farm. In 1943, he moved with his parents to a farm southeast of Ruthton in Cameron Township, Murray County. He served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953. After marriage, they lived with his parents, then moved to a farm south of Holland, where he farmed until retiring in 1993. He was a member of St. Martin Catholic Church, Woodstock, Earl Gruis American Legion Post 534 and the Holland Senior Citizens Center.

Surviving are his wife; six sons, Alan (Mary Jo) Lingen, Salt Lake City, Utah, Steven (Percy) Lingen, Caledonia, Michael (Kathy) Lingen, Woodstock, Larry Lingen, Pipestone, Todd (Kari) Lingen, Garretson, S.D., and Chris Lingen, Holland; two daughters, Connie (Leo) Hillard, Pipestone, and Dianne "Annie" Lingen, Paullina, Iowa; five brothers, Vaughn (Bess) Lingen and Raymond (Karen) Lingen, both of Holland, Richard (Stella) Lingen, Jasper, Roger (Lena) Lingen, Otsego, and Terry (Sylvia) Lingen, Hamel; three sisters, Margaret "Peggy" Splette, Plymouth, Avis (Tony) Laurent, Hamel, and Kathie Lingen, Brooklyn Park; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Matthew Miller

Matthew John Miller was born Monday, January 28, 2002 in Marshall, MN to Chad and Christine (Lawson) Miller of Slayton, MN. Matthew died shortly after his birth on Monday at Weiner Memorial Medical Center in Marshall, MN. Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, January 31, 2002 at the Sillerud Lutheran Church, rural Balaton, MN. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Interment will be at the Sillerud Lutheran Church. The Almlie Funeral Home of Balaton is handling the arrangements.

Matthew was baptized in the Lutheran faith before his death and was a member of Sillerud Lutheran Church. Although he was with his family for a very short time his memory will live with them forever.

Matthew is survived by his parents; three brothers, Arron Benson, Chase Miller and Cody Miller all of Slayton; two sisters, Samantha Lawson and Kolbie Benson both of Slayton; maternal grandparents, Francis and Mary Lawson of Balaton; paternal grandparents, Shari DeGroot of Balaton and Lewis and Melva Miller of Slayton; one great-grandmother, Louise Converse of Arlington, SD; one great-great-grandmother, Nora Rust of Luverne, MN; many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his paternal great-grandfather, Henry DeGroot, paternal great-grandparents, Louis and Mildred Miller and maternal great-grandparents, Matt and Eunice Rustman and Kenneth and Mildred Lawson.

Maurice Persons, 61

Maurice Dale Persons, age 61, a long-time resident of the Garvin and Tracy area, passed away on Wed., Jan. 16, 2002 at Averra McKennen Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

Services were hald on Jan. 19 at Garvin Congregational Church n Garvin with Rev. Edsel Miller officiating. Doreen Brock was organist and Jerry Engesser was soloist. Casket bearers were Gary Bruns, Brian Bruns, Kim Carlson, Pat Bruns, Charles Fogelson and Fran Carlson. Interment was held in the Tracy City Cemetary.

Maurice was born on Nov. 28, 1940 in Garvin, MN, one of three children of Cecil and Vera (Coyle) Persons. He was baptized and confirmed at First Congregational Church in Garvin.

Maurice attended school in Garvin, and graduated from Tracy High School in 1958.

In 1961, he and Joan Bangasser were married. Maurice owned and operated his own auto repair business for many years. He loved motorcycles and cars.

He is survived by two daughters, Kim Corneliuson and Stephanie Persons; one son, Jeremy; one brother, Dennis; one sister, LaVonne Main; and his father, Cecil.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Vera.

Jacobson Funeral Services of Tracy handled the arrangements.