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Obituaries from the week of June 25, 2003

Alford Babcock, 48

Funeral services were held Thursday, June 19, 2003 for Alford "Al" Wayne Babcock at Tracy Alliance Church in Tracy, MN. Rev. Edsel Miller officiated. Special music was performed by Andrew Tullar and Debbie Miller.

Alford "Al" W. Babcock was born February 28, 1955 to Joseph and Mary (Cunningham) Babcock in Indianapolis, IN, Marion County. He was Baptized in the Episcopalian faith and attended the Indianapolis Public Schools. Al graduated in 1973 and was active in band, choir, school plays and was an outstanding football player.

Al went on to college at the University of Notre Dame, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing. He also played football for Notre Dame as a defensive lineman. After his graduation in 1976 Al went on to play in the National Football League for the Houston Oilers for one year before injuries ended his career.

Al married Pamela Lindley and as a young man began working for a number of Restaurant chains such as, Bonanza. He then went to work for the Golden Corral Corporation, a large restaurant chain across the United States, and became manager of several departments over the years.

On September 9, 1993 Al married Suzanne M. Erickson in Maui, Hawaii. They made their home in Raleigh, NC for a short time and then on Al's retirement in 1994, they moved to Marshall, MN and opened the Crossroads Restaurant. Over the years Al has owned and operated several restaurant's in Marshall, Dakota's, Carver's and Pasta's. In 1999 Al went to Chino Hills, CA and managed the change over of a new restaurant called Rendino's. In 2001 they moved back to Tracy, MN to make their home.

Al attended Tracy Alliance Church and enjoyed cooking, playing cards, scuba diving and golfing, but especially loved spending time with his daughters.

On Monday, June 16, 2003 Al died at his home at the age of 48.

He is survived by his wife, Sue of Tracy, MN; three daughters, Sara Beth of Orleans, IN, and Morgan and Lindsey both of Tracy, MN; father and mother-in-law, Ken and Betty Erickson of Marshall, MN; one brother-in-law, Jon Erickson of Marshall, MN; two sister-in-laws, Candy (Lon) Tullar of Ankeny, IA and Kellie (Steve) Geurts of Buffalo, MN; nieces, nephews and cousins.

His parents, and wife, Pam preceded him in death.

Arrangements were handled by the Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy.


Margaret Foster, 91

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 24, 2003 for Margaret T. Foster at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Tracy, MN. Father Brian Mandel officiated. Soloist/cantor was Carol Cooreman with Shannon Benson as organist. Reader was Kathy Swift

Casket bearers were Daryl Swan, Richard Rasmussen, Dick Bleil and Bill Cole.

Margaret Teresa (Tait) Foster was born May 15, 1912 to Richard and Margaret (Clarke) Tait in Fort Meyers, VA. She was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith. As a young girl she grew up in St. Paul, MN attending Central High School and graduating in 1930.

On May 18, 1946 Margaret married Walter Foster at St. Mark's Church in St. Paul. They made their home in St. Paul for a short time and moved to Balaton, MN in 1946. Margaret was the school secretary for Balaton High School for many years. She enjoyed bowling and playing cards, especially Bridge.

In September of 1998 Margaret became a resident of Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Balaton, where she died Thursday, June 19, 2003 at the age of 91.

Margaret is survived by two nieces, Helene (Richard) Wald of Edina, MN and Dorothy (Myron) Miels of West St. Paul, MN; three grand-nieces, Jennie and Kelly Wald and Michelle Stephan; one grand-nephew, Jeff Wald; one great-grand-niece, Melissa Stephan; and many close and long time friends in Balaton and within the Colonial Manor staff.

Her parents, husband, Walter, two brothers, Bartley and Richard, two sisters, Helene and Mary preceded her in death.

Burial was in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Tracy, MN with the Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy handling the arrangements.

Lorraine Frericks, 78

Lorraine J. Frericks, age 78, of Redwood Falls, formerly of Lucan and Tracy, died on Tuesday, June 17, 2003 in the Redwood Area Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 A. M. Friday, June 20, 2003 in St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Redwood Falls with burial in Our Lady of Victory Catholic Cemetery in Lucan.

Pallbearers were Doug Kerkhoff, Keith Kerkhoff, Glen Frericks Jr., John Frericks, Jeff Zignego & Dave Szostak.

Honorary Pallbearers were Candace Mask, Tina Zignego, Missy Frericks, Jodi Deprez, Marney Sais, Barb Kerkhoff, Rhonda Kerkhoff & Tammy Frericks.

Lorraine Johanna Frericks was born in Seaforth, Minnesota on Friday, July 11, 1924 to William and Theresa (Plaetz) Bernardy. She was baptized and confirmed in St. Mary's Catholic Church in Seaforth. She grew up in the Seaforth Area where she attended country school. On May 11, 1945 she was united in marriage to Norbert A. Frericks in St. Mary's Catholic Church in Seaforth. They farmed in the Lucan area until 1969 when they moved into Lucan and purchased The Café in Lucan which they operated until 1982. Lorraine and Norbert moved to Tracy in 1982 and he managed the Tracy Country Club from 1982 until 1992 with her help. Norbert died on March 12, 2002 and in July Lorraine moved into Lakeside Manor in Redwood Falls. She was a member of St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Redwood Falls, and had been active in church activities in her younger years. Lorraine also belonged to the Tracy Country Club. Lorraine and Norbert enjoyed spending winters in Mesa, Arizona for a number of years. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Enjoyment in life came from golfing, flower gardening, bird watching, playing cards and praying the rosary which was very important to her.

Lorraine Frericks is survived by her four children; Theresa Kerkhoff (Dave) of Morgan, Allen Frericks (Deb) of Lucan, Glenn Frericks (Bev) of Grand Forks and Jeffrey Frericks (Kathleen) of Colorado Springs, eleven grandchildren; Doug Kerkhoff (Rhonda), Keith Kerkhoff (Barb), Tina Zignego (Jeff), Missy Frericks, John Frericks, Glenn Frericks Jr., Brad Frericks, Tammy Frericks, Candace Mask (Dave), Jodi Deprez (Mark) and Marney Sais (Joey). Also surviving are her eighteen great grandchildren; Nicole, Zac, Riley, Collin, Makenzie, Kaitlyn, Camron, Cutter, Zachary, Dylan, Alexis, Chelsea, Jacob, Myranda, Lia, Trinity, Keaton and Karson and her eight brothers and sisters; Ed Bernardy (Jeannette) of Belview, Herb Bernardy (Marion) of Wabasso, Delores Muetzel (Martin) of Hutchinson, Lewis Bernardy of Redwood Falls, Leo Bernardy (Marie) of No. Mankato, Nick Bernardy (JoAnn) of Lucan, LaVon Thiel of Redwood Falls and LaVern Bernardy of Redwood Falls. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Norbert, a brother Don and a brother-in-law Clarence Thiel.

The Sunset Burial Association of Echo and Wabasso is handling the arrangements.


Nora Kamrud, 91

Funeral services were held on Thursday, June 19, 2003 for Nora Kamrud, 91, of Elbow Lake, MN at First Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls. Revs. Jim Tonneson and Lew Clefisch officiated.

She was born April 13, 1912, on the family farm in Pope County near Starbuck to Christian and Gina (Evenson) Reisrud. She was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Starbuck and attended School District 53. She graduated from West Central School of Agriculture at Morris and then attended Moorhead State College.

On June 30, 1936, she married Julius M. Kamrud at Immanuel Lutheran Church and they farmed in the Starbuck area. In 1954 they moved to Parkers Prairie where they lived until moving to Fergus Falls in 1968. In 1995 she moved to Elbow Lake. She taught school in Pope County, Parkers Prairie and Dalton.

Nora died Monday, June 16, 2003, at the ELEAH Medical Center in Elbow Lake.

She is survived by her children, Angeline (William) Nelson of Elbow Lake, Christian (Dianne) Kamrud of Tracy, Julius Kamrud, Jr. of Ft. Collins, Colo., Norman (Judy) Kamrud of Choteau, Mont., Theodore (Debbra) Kamrud of Whitehall, Mont. and Luther (Terri) Kamrud of Missoula, Mont.; 10 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Valborg Johnshoy of Alexandria.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Julius in 1982; a brother, Walter Reisrud; an infant brother and three sisters, Agnes Kamps, Clara Bennett and Emma Reisrud.

Burial was in the church cemetery with the Glende-Nilson Funeral Home of Fergus Falls handling arrangements.


Virginia Saxton, 77

Funeral services for Virginia Saxton will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 26 at Christ Lutheran Church, Slayton.

Born May 17, 1926, in rural Garvin, she was the daughter of Edward and Mabel Jones Weaver. She married Floyd Saxton Dec. 24, 1943, in Tracy. He died Feb. 4, 1988.

She grew up and attended country school and later attended high school in Tracy. After their marriage, the couple lived in Garvin, Windom and Balaton. They moved to Slayton in 1954. She worked at Mettling's Hatchery and then at the Sears Catalog Store from 1974 to 1988, when she retired. She moved to the Westside Apartments September 1992. She entered Slayton Manor March 2003. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, in Slayton, and belonged to the Joy Circle.

Virginia died Sunday, June 22, 2003, at Slayton Manor in Slayton.

Surviving are two sons, Robert (Peggy) Saxton, Jackson, Richard (Peggy) Saxton, Eckert, Colo.; six daughters, Karen (Ralph) Kraft, Rockwell City, Iowa, LaVonne (LeRoy) Johnson, Slayton, Sharon (Elroy) Bennett, Worthington, Susan (Robert) Gass, Slayton, Dianne (Dennis) Lundblad, Pipestone; Phyllis (Norman) Kuhlman, St. Peter; two sisters, Donna Baird, Tracy, Ardys (Clair) Williams, Garvin; 20 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and three step-grandsons.

Burial will be in Slayton Memorial Gardens, Slayton.

The Totzke Funeral Home of Slayton is handling arrangements.