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Obituaries from the week of December 11, 2002

Dr. Bruce Rohlin, 65

Funeral services were held on Sat., Dec. 7, 2002 for Dr. Bruce A. Rohlin, age 65, of Marshall at the Hamilton-Birk Funeral Home in Marshall. Burial was in the Marshall Cemetery.

Bruce Alan Rohlin was born to Frederick Henry Louis and Ruth Jane (Flack) Rohlin on June 29, 1937 in Marshall, MN. He was baptized on August 29, 1937 at his parents home and confirmed in 1950 at the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church. He graduated from the Marshall High School in 1955 and went on to attend Gustavus Adolphus. From there he went on to the Illinois College of Optometry, graduating in 1960. In 1961 he entered the United States Army and was honorably discharge in 1963.

He came back to this area where he went in practice with his father at the Rohlin Optometric Office in Tyler. He later moved to Marshall and continued to practice in the Tyler office and the Marshall office with his brother-in-law, LeRoy Affolter until his death.

Bruce passed away at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester on Monday, December 2, 2002. He had reached the age of 65 years, 5 months and 4 days.

He is survived by his two sisters; Marlys (Harvey) Wohlers of Elk River and Carol (LeRoy) Affolter of Marshall; a niece, Sheri Lynn Meyer of Mankato; and a nephew, Robert Rohlin of Texas; four great nieces and nephews, Jeremy, Krysta, Ashley and Jordan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred on September14, 1971 and Ruth on July 22, 1988; an infant brother, Robert and another brother, William Fred Rohlin.

Bruce's enjoyments in life were music, reading, doing yardwork, genealogy, traveling and working with patients.

August Foss, 86

Memorial services were held on Saturday, November 23, 2002 for August Foss, age 86, of Marshall. Services were at the Hamilton-Birk Funeral Home in Marshall. Officiants were Pastor Mike Shields and Pastor Mark Wetzler. Sandy Buesing was organist.

Honorary bearers were his grandchildren Brian Lester, Drew Lester, Ethan Lester, Kevin Lester, Robbie Lester, Dawn Lester, Ryan Tonseth, Kevin Porterfield, Dawn Anderson, Nick Foss, Adam Foss and Elizabeth Nelson.

August Arnold Foss was born to Magnus August and Solvieg (Josephson) Foss on May 16, 1916 in the Limestone Township, Lincoln County, MN. He was baptized and confirmed at the Icelandic Lutheran Church.

On April 25, 1950, August was united in marriage to Marcella Charlotte (Henrichs) Lester at their home near Hawks Nest Lake. August farmed around Ivanhoe for a number of years and in 1966 he and his family moved to Marshall. He worked for the Sears Store as an installer and repairer. He retired in 1995. He still was active in helping repair various things for those who were in need.

August passed away at the Weiner Memorial Medical in Marshall on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2002. he had reached the age of 86 years, 6 months and 4 days.

He is survived by his wife, Marcella of Marshall; four children, Charles H. (Ruth) Lester of NiPomo, CA, George V. Lester of Lacy, WA, Suzann S. (Paul) Tonseth of SeaTac, WA and August A. “Justin” (Patricia) Foss Jr. of Minneapolis; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Laura Hanson of Minneota; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Salin Halvorson; and four brothers, Kris, Mike, Clarence and Magnus.

August's enjoyments in life were his family, friends, gardening, fishing, playing violin and playing cards. He also was a great storyteller.

Anna Nackerud, 99

Services for Anna Nackerud, 99, of Tracy, will be at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, December 12, 2002 at the Tracy Lutheran Church. Visitation will be Wednesday, December 11, from 4 until 8 p.m. at the Almlie Funeral Home in Tracy, with a Prayer Service at 7 p.m. There will also be visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at the Tracy City Cemetery.

Anna (Lien) Nackerud was born March 3, 1903 on a farm north of Dovray, MN to Mathias and Marie (Tostengard) Lien. She was baptized and confirmed in Dovray at Our Savior's Lutheran Church and attended District 27 Country School. She then attended Dovray Public School and after graduating she attended Mankato Commercial College for Business and bookkeeping.

On June 28, 1923 Anna married Lief Nackerud at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Dovray. They made their home on a farm near Dovray until 1935 when they moved to Tracy, MN. Her and her husband began Nackerud Trucking and Livestock Company and after her husband's death in 1965, Anna stayed on as bookkeeper for her sons after they bought the business. Anna retired in 1987 when the business was resold. In August of 2001 she entered the Tracy Nursing Home where she died Saturday, December 7, 2002 at the age of 99.

She was a past member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church of Dovray and a current member of Tracy Lutheran Church and it's women's groups. Anna enjoyed playing cards and going to dinner with her friends and also spending time with her family, especially her grand and great-grandchildren.

Anna is survived by three sons, Norman (Maryellen) of Hastings, NE, Terry (Joan) of Gilbert, AZ and Douglas (Suzanne) of Tracy, MN; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Her husband, two brothers and one grandson, Brian, preceded her in death.

The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy is handling arrangements.

Gretchen Willhite, 80

Funeral services were held Sat., Dec. 7, 2002 for Gretchen Willhite at United Methodist Church in Walnut Grove, MN. Rev. Michael Smith officiated. Laurie Johnson was organist.

Casket bearers were James Willhite, Jr., Travis Jensen, Lowell Madoll, Jr., Jason Schweitzer, Nicholas Oliverius, Nathan Willhite, Jonathan Willhite and Michael Willhite.

Honorary casket bearers were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Gretchen Louise Willhite was born July 31, 1922 in Milroy, Minnesota to William and Anna (Gilb) Christopherson. She graduated from Marshall High School in 1940.

Gretchen was united in marriage to George Luther Willhite on September 21, 1943 in Lucan. They lived on the Willhite homeplace north of Walnut Grove for 11 years, the first 9 of 17 children were born here. In 1954 the homeplace was sold and they moved to Donnelly and later to many other places in Minnesota.

She was a very practical, hard-working strong woman and a protective mother. She saved everything. Gretchen was independent and self reliant, at age 65 she moved to Minneapolis and lived on her own. She enrolled in a work-training program called "Shifting Gears After 55" and eventually got a job working in downtown Minneapolis at City Hall. She loved to garden and called it her therapy, she was a good cook and baker and enjoyed making peoples' favorite foods. She was a very giving person, making everyone feel special, was friendly and considerate of others, giving gentle guidance when needed.

She was a member of the Sarah Circle at The United Methodist Church and the birthday club. She enjoyed crocheting, writing letters and quilting.

Gretchen Louise Willhite passed away on December 3, 2002 at her daughter's home in Roseville, MN at the age of 80 years, 4 months and 2 days.

She is survived by 14 children Jim (Annette) of Little Falls, Diane (Lynn) Trombley of Oak Grove, Joyce (Richard) Jensen of Braham, Janice Madoll of Cambridge, Stanley, Carol Schweitzer of Ramsey, Pat Oliverius of Blaine, Garth (Susan) Willhite of Sandstone, Roger (Alice) of Cambridge, Dean (Rebekah) of St. Cloud, Clay (Kari) of Falcon CO, Tamie Willhite of Ham Lake, Sherri (Robert) Hex of Falcoln Heights, Suzann Willhite and partner Kristin Siegesmund of St. Louis Park; 39 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and two brothers Harold (Lucille) Christopherson of Milroy and Virgil Christopherson of Maynard.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, 3 children Robert, Linda, Karen and granddaughter Teresa.

Interment was in the Walnut Grove Cemetery with the Walnut Grove Funeral Home handling arrangements.

Delmar Yearous, 67

Funeral services were held on Fri., Dec. 6, 2002 for Delmar V. Yearous at the Balaton United Methodist Church, Balaton, MN. Rev. Thomas Booker officiated. Soloist was Karen Thooft with organist Sue Johnson.

Casket bearers were Mark Wee, Dean Bundy, Arnie Terhark, Lester Chandler, Stanley Ross and Daryl Swan.

Honorary casket bearers were his grandsons Adam Chandler, Allen Chandler, Andrew Chandler, Doug Bundy, Cody Bundy, Anthony Jandl, Lukas Yearous and Jaxon Yearous.

Delmar Vern Yearous was born May 18, 1935 to Albion and Beulah (Forsman) Yearous in Slayton, MN, Murray County. He was baptized and confirmed in the Methodist faith. Shortly after his birth the family moved to the Balaton, MN area and he attended Balaton Public Schools graduating from Balaton High School in 1953. Upon graduating he continued to work on the family farm until 1958, when his brother returned from the service. Delmar then joined the US Army and completed his basic in Colorado and from there was stationed in Fairbanks, AK.

Prior to entering the service, Delmar married Virginia Mortland on April 20, 1958 in Lake Benton, MN. Upon his return from the service the couple made their home in the Balaton area and Delmar returned to farming with his family. In these early years Delmar and Virginia also lived in several area communities, Marshall, Minneota and Tyler, continuously farming and eventually returning to the Balaton area where they have resided for the last 30 years. Delmar drove school bus for Balaton Public Schools for 14 years and this last year for the Yankton Country School. Twelve years ago he underwent a liver transplant that went far beyond everyone's expectations of his life's longevity.

He was a very active member of Balaton United Methodist Church and held many positions. He was a member of the Russell/Balaton Masonic Lodge, the American Legion and the Balaton Lions. He enjoyed local sports, having coffee and chatting with friends at Di's Lakeside, but most of all spending time with his grandchildren.

Delmar died Tuesday, December 3, 2002 at the Weiner Memorial Medical Center in Marshall, MN at the age of 67.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia; three daughters, Pam (Brian) Chandler, Peggy (David) Bundy and Penni Jandl, all of Balaton, MN; one son, John (Tasha) of Lake Benton, MN; 11 grandchildren; his mother, Beulah of Balaton, MN; one brother, Gene (Merle) of Holstein, IA; one sister, MaryLee (Gene "Bud") Kerger of Pequot Lakes, MN; his mother-in-law, Bernice Mortland of Lake Benton, MN; two aunts, Beaula Wood of Russell, MN and Ruby McDonald of Balaton, MN; one uncle, Everett Gillis of Hot Springs, SD and many nephews, nieces and cousins.

His father, Albion, preceded him in death.

Interment was in the Lakeside Cemetery, Balaton, MN, with the Almlie Funeral Home of Balaton handling arrangements.