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Obituaries from the week of April 14, 2004

Harold Furan, 56

Harold E. Furan age 56 of Elk River on died April 8, 2004. He is preceded in death by father, Ernest and brother, John.

He is survived by wife, Mary; son, Eric; daughter, Heidi; mother, Wilma; sister, JoAnne; brother, Randy and many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

Harold was a decorated Vietnam Veteran, worked as a machinist and he loved animals, especially dogs. Memorial Services will be held Thursday, April 15, 2004 at 10 a.m. at Central Lutheran Church, 1103 School St. Elk River. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. at the church. Memorials preferred. Arr. Dare's Funeral Home, 763-441-1212.

Edna Lien, 93

Edna Lien, 93, of Appleton, died on Monday, April 12, 2004 at the Appleton Municipal Nursing Home.  Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 15, 2004 at 10 a.m., at the First United Methodist Church in Appleton with Pastor Paul Woolverton officiating.  Interment will be at the Tracy Cemetery on Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m..

There will be visitation one hour prior to the services at the church on Thursday morning.  Vaala Funeral Home of Appleton is handling the arrangements for Edna Lien.

Edna Bertha Lien was born on February 20, 1911, at Terril, Iowa, to parents Harry and Ann (Bruhn) Bahl.  As a young girl she moved with her family to the Holloway area.  Edna graduated from Holloway High School.  She then attended Appleton Normal Training School.  She then attended St. Cloud State University and graduated from Sioux Falls University with a Bachelor of Science degree in education.

On November 28, 1946, she was married to Gilbert Lien at the First United Methodist Church in Appleton.  Edna taught school for 48 years.  She taught in several rural schools in Swift County and then taught fifth grade at Tracy for over 30 years.  Upon her retirement in 1976 she returned to Appleton.

As a young girl Edna played high school basketball and helped organize softball tournaments and coached softball in the rural schools where she taught.  Her main interest was to teach and watch the growth in her students.  She was always willing to help her students overcome any problems they may have had.

Edna was a member of the Tracy Education Association, the Minnesota Education Association, the retired Educators Association, and AARP.

Edna died at the Appleton Municipal Nursing Home on Monday morning, April 12th.  She had reached the age of 93 years, 1 month, and 22 days.

She is survived by her brother, Orville (and Geraldine) Bahl, of Ft. Collins, CO; her sister, LaMerle DeLong, of Appleton; two sisters-in-law: Frances Bahl of Appleton, and Doris (and Robert) Rakowski of Madison; nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gilbert, on May 23, 1973; two sisters: LaVonna Fuller and Bessie Smith; and three brothers: Howard, Leslie, and Irvin Bahl.

Howard Loeck, 74

Howard Loeck age 74 of Balaton, MN died April 1, 2004 at the Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. Services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, 2004 at the Tracy Eagles Club in Tracy. Visitation will be from 6:30 p.m. until time of service at the Eagles Club. Interment will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, April 15, 2004 at the St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery in Balaton, MN. The Almlie Funeral Home of Balaton is handling the arrangements.

Howard Loeck was born August 13, 1929 to Herman and Margaret (Wright) Loeck on their farm near Balaton, MN. He was baptized and confirmed at the Balaton Presbyterian Church and attended country school. When he had finished school he worked with his family on the farm as a young man.

Howard farmed his father's farm and lived there his whole life. He was a member and past president of the Tracy Eagles Club, Aire 3918 and enjoyed participating in local parades by entering his antique tractors. Howard also enjoyed bingo, raffles, sales and attending antique machinery shows.

Howard is survived by one sister-in-law, Violet Loeck of Junction City, OR; six nieces and nephews; four great nieces and nephews and one great-great niece.

His parents and one brother preceded him in death.

Florence Morey, 77

Funeral services are pending for Florence Morey, age 77 of Tracy, MN. Mrs. Morey died on Tuesday, April 13, 2004 at the Springside Home in Tracy. The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy is handling the arrangments.

A complete obituary will be published next week.

Ethel Nordsiden, 85

Funeral services for Ethel Nordsiden were held Saturday, April 10, 2004 at English Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove. Rev. Bonnie K. Lomen officiated. Nancy Harnick was organist.

Casket bearers were Joe Hanson, Clair Hanson, Sonny Nissel, Kim Thoma, Jeff Syverson, Tim Vickerman and Robert Johnson.

Honorary Casket bearers were Gary Dahlgren, Kelly Thoma, Debbie Vickerman, Tammy Johnson and Malou Syverson.

Ethel Nordsiden was born February 10, 1919 in Johnsonville Township, Redwood County, Minnesota to Elmer and Daisy Ellen (Hegwood) Johnson. She was baptized December 6, 1930 in Revere, Minnesota and confirmed on November 24, 1935 at Revere Lutheran Church by Rev. Olaf J. Gorvig. Ethel grew up in the Revere area, graduating with honors from Walnut Grove High School.

On April 13, 1940 Ethel was united in marriage to Winfred Nordsiden. She lived in Walnut Grove the rest of her life. She will be remembered for her 35 years at Peterson Drug serving cherry cokes and "school girl" sundaes to generations of young people. After her retirement, she sewed aprons and bonnets for the museum. Ethel collected owls for many years totaling over four hundred.

On April 7, 2004, Ethel Nordsiden died at her home in Walnut Grove, Minnesota at the age of 85 years, 1 month and 27 days.

She is survived by her children; Sondra (Don) Coulter of Luverne, Deleres (Roy) Syverson of Tracy, Ellen (Bruce) Thoma of Walnut Grove and Dannie (Margaret) Nordsiden of Vancouver, WA, grand children; Jeff Syverson, Robert Johnson, Debbie Syverson Vickerman, Kelly Thoma, and Kim Thoma, and great grand children; Brianna, Bethany, Grayson, Taylor, Tammy, Tiffany, Tasha, and Jennifer.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Winfred, sisters; Gladys Fraham and Dorothy Dressow and brothers Lloyd, Lawrence and Leroy Johnson and several nieces and nephews.

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

Virginia Sabinske, 87

Mass of Christian Burial for Virginia A. Sabinske was held on Monday, April 12, 2004 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Tracy. Father Brian Mandel officiated. Music was provided by Brenda and Judy Lenertz.

Virginia was born September 12, 1916 the daughter of James and Mary Crowley of Avoca, MN. She attended school in Avoca for most of her youth and finished her education in Fulda.

She married William C. Sabinske on March 4, 1935. The couple lived and farmed near Amiret for many years. In 1983 they moved to Tracy. William C. passed away in February of 1989. Virginia remained at her home in Tracy until her death.

Virginia died at her home April 5, 2004 following a stay at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

Virginia had many interests over the years. She enjoyed homemaking, gardening, playing cards and spending time with family and friends, especially her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was active in St. Mary's Mission, Our Lady of Fatima Guild, Royal Neighbors of America, Prayer Network and several local card clubs.

She is survived by five sons, Donald of Eden Prairie, MN, James and his wife Janet of Chanhassen, MN, Joe of Minneapolis, MN, Tom of Buena Park, CA, Larry and his wife Cindy of rural Marshall, MN; three daughters Mary Lemieux of Richfield, MN, Bette Gerlach and her husband Gary of Alliance NE, Joanne Sundeen and her husband Randy of Brocket, ND; 18 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; two brothers, James and Clem; two sisters, Norb and Marge and special friend and neighbor Alita Lenertz.

Her parents, husband, Bill and one sister Rose preceded her in death.

The Tracy Area Funeral Home of Tracy handled the arrangements.

Altivene Schons, 84

Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Altivene Schons at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 15, 2004 at St. Leo Catholic Church in Pipestone, MN. Interment is in the Bethany Cemetery in Lake Sarah Township, Murray County. Visitation will be today (Wednesday, April 14) starting at 4 p.m. at St. Leo Catholic Church with a Rosary at 7:10 p.m. and a Prayer Service at 7:30 p.m. Hartquist Funeral Home, Pipestone Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Altivene Caroline Vivian Schons was born to Victor and Mattie (Frisvold) Holm on July 15, 1919 in Regan, ND. As a child, she moved with her parents to a farm near Garvin, MN where she was raised. She attended school in Tracy, MN. Upon completion of her education, she worked for several years for her aunt, Irene.

On September 3, 1941, she was united in marriage to Herbert Schons at Walnut Grove, MN. Following their marriage, they lived in Tracy. While her husband served in the Army Air Force during World War II, Alta moved with him to the various bases. After his discharge from the service in 1946, they returned to Tracy. Then in 1949, they moved to Milroy, MN.

Alta became employed as a cook at a restaurant in Milroy in 1952. In 1957, they moved to Pipestone, MN where she began working as a cook at Brown, Central and Hill Schools. She continued to work at the schools until her retirement in 1965.

Herb preceded her in death on December 10, 1985. After his death she continued to live in Pipestone where she enjoyed volunteering at the Good Samaritan Communities of Pipestone and also at the Clothes Closet.

On November 15, 2002, Alta became a resident of the Good Samaritan Communities of Pipestone where she died on Saturday, April 10, 2004 at the age of 84 years, eight months and 25 days.

She is survived by her three children, JoAnn Carlton and her husband Rick of Del Mar, CA, Richard Schons and his special friend Dian Gray of Litchfield, MN and Larry Schons and his wife Deb of Woodstock, MN; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren; one brother, LaVern Holm and his wife Verona of Tracy, MN.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her stepmother, Agnes Holm; and her brother, Wally Holm and his wife Shelby.

Scott Vickerman 44

Funeral services were held today, Wednesday, April 14, 2004 for Scott R. Vickerman at Salem Lutheran Church in Jackson. Pastor Tom Lammers officiated.

Scott Randall Vickerman was born on May 25, 1960 in Slayton, MN, the son of James and Wava (Carlson) Vickerman. He graduated from Tracy High School in 1978 and then attended Southwest State University. He farmed and farrowed hogs for a time with the family. In 1985, he moved to Woodland, CA and worked as a lumber grader. After a serious car accident, he worked with adults with Cerebral Palsy.

In 1989, he came back to Minnesota and attended Worthington Community College and obtained his degree in Nursing in 1991. After his education, he worked for the Sogge Good Samaritan Center in Windom. He later transferred to Jackson Good Samaritan Center, where he met his financee, Janie Morris.

On Sunday, April 11, 2004, Scott passed away at the Jackson Medical Center at the age of 43 years, 10 months and 17 days.

Scott was baptized and confirmed at the United Methodist Church in Tracy and six months ago became a member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Jackson. He had been a member of 4-H in Tracy and loved to train dogs. He loved the outdoors; he enjoyed fishing and hunted deer with his father for many years. He had also enjoyed gardening. Scott had been an avid Minnesota Viking and Twins fan.

Scott is survived by his financee, Janie Morris of Jackson, MN and her two children, Eric Morris and his financee', Chantal Thate of Fairmont, MN and Brooke and her husband, Todd Horning and their two children, Tyler and Matthew of Sanborn, MN, his two children, Ashley and Brandon Vickerman of Windom; his parents, Senator Jim Vickerman and his wife Wava, of Tracy, MN; two brothers Steve and Patricia Vickerman of Tracy, MN, Kent and Julie Vickerman of Big Lake, MN; three sisters, Peggy and Tim Weinzetl of Topsham, Maine, Karen and Steve Halter of Andover, MN and Jill and Patrick Jopp of Elk River, MN and 14 nieces and nephews.

Scott was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents.

Burial was in the Tracy City Cemetery, Tracy, MN.

The Sathe-Osterberg Funeral Home Jackson handled the arrangements.