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Obituaries from the week of December 25, 2002

Pamela (Maertens) Kelly, 42

Mass of Christian Burial for Pamela Ann Maertens Kelly, 42, of Madison Lake and formerly the Marshall area and Tracy were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 24, 2002 at All Saints Catholic Church in Madison Lake. Burial was at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Calvary Cemetery in Marshall. Mankato Mortuary handled arrangements.

Pamela died Saturday, Dec. 21, 2002, from surgery complications at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. She was surrounded by family and friends.

She was born Oct. 1, 1960, in Bismarck, N.D., to Richard and Irene (Mercie) Maertens. She grew up in the Marshall and Tracy area and graduated from Tracy High School in 1979. She received an elementary education degree from Mankato State University in 1983.

She was united in marriage to Brian Kelly on Oct. 7, 1988, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Tracy. They moved to Madison Lake in 1988.

She had served as principal at both St. Mary's Catholic Grade School in Tracy and at All Saint's Catholic School in Madison Lake. She most recently was the director of Epiphany Preschool in Eagle Lake. She was a member of All Saints Catholic Church in Madison Lake. She was a co-chair of the Eagle Lake PTO and had been involved in Art Masterpiece. She volunteered and participated in many school activities, including drama, art and educational programs.

Survivors include her husband, Brian of Madison Lake; three sons, Sam, Jack and Paul, Kelly all of Madison Lake; a daughter, Sadie Kelly of Madison Lake; parents Dick and Irene Maertens of Marshall; two brothers, Steven Maertens and fiancee, Mary Schreurs of Marshall, and Jack Maertens and wife, Lisa, of Chaska; three sisters, Teresa LeClaire and fiance, Brad Mitteness of Ghent, Debra and husband, Rick Deutz, of Ghent, Sandra and husband, Dr. Michael O'Rourke of North Mankato; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great nieces, a great-nephew and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents, a twin brother, Paul, and a nephew.

Roy P. Luckhardt, 84

Funeral services were held on Saturday, December 21, 2002 for Roy P. Luckhardt at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Balaton, MN. Rev. Mark Zander officiated. Organist was Lois Zander. Casket bearers were Jason Anderson, Jeff Luckhardt, Dan Luckhardt, Curt Bordwell, Jessie Anderson and Amanda Anderson.

Roy Paul Luckhardt was born July 8, 1918 to Johanus and Theresa (Ludvig) Luckhardt in Springfield, MN, Brown County. He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith and as a young boy he grew up on a farm south of Clements, MN where he also attended country school. When he was a young man he moved with his family to a farm outside of Vesta, MN.

On June 28, 1940 Roy married Edith M. Zegfried at St. John's Lutheran Church in Vesta. The couple made their home on a farm near Vesta and later moved to the Redwood Falls, MN area. Roy began working for Ted England Construction in Springfield as well as farming and in 1958 Roy retired from farming and moved his family to Marshall, MN where he began working for Rowe and Nielson Construction as a foreman. In 1965 Roy and his family moved to Shakopee, MN where he continued working for several construction companies. Then in 1969 the family moved back to the Marshall area where Roy retired in 1982. He and his wife moved to Balaton, MN in 1988 where they lived until he entered the Colonial Manor Nursing Home in December of 2002. He died there Wednesday, December 18, 2002 at the age of 84.

Roy was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church and enjoyed fishing, woodworking, flower gardening and camping with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Edith; two daughters, LuAnn (Dale) Anderson of Balaton, MN and Debra (Jeff) Schoenbauer of Spearfish, SD; four sons, John L. (Peggy) of New Ulm, MN, Al of Tracy, MN, Greg (Jody) of Balaton, MN and David (Dyanne) of Balaton, MN; 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins.

His parents, one grandson, Scotty, one great-grandson, Kassin, six brothers and three sisters preceded him in death.

Interment was in St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery with the Almlie Funeral Home of Balaton handling arrangements.

Sister Mercedes Lenz, 91

Sister Mercedes Lenz, 91, of Rochester, formerly of Ellsworth, died Dec. 16, 2002, at Assisi Heights, Rochester. Mass of Christian Burial was Thursday, December 19, 2002 in the chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes, Assisi Heights, Rochester. Burial was in Cavalry Cemetery.

Loretta Catherine Lenz on Dec. 9, 1911, in Ellsworth, she entered the Franciscan Congregation from St. Mary Parish, Ellsworth. She made profession of vows in 1932 and began her teaching ministry at St. Priscilla Parish, Chicago. She taught in various Minnesota schools, including Albert Lea, Winona, Austin, Iona, Currie and Rollingstone. From 1964-67, she taught at Lourdes at High School, Rochester, and she was missioned at St. Mary Parish, Sleepy Eye, from 1968-79. She retired to Assisi Heights in 1979 and did part-time tutoring. She celebrated her diamond jubilee in 1992.

Surviving are two sisters, Rosemary Biesiot, Hattiesburg, Miss., and Mercedes Bosley, Katie, Texas.