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Obituaries from the week of October 27, 2004

Amelia Gleason, 99

Funeral services are set for Friday, October 29, 2004 at 2 p.m. for Amelia Hattie Gleason at the First Presbyterian Church in Slayton, MN. Rev. Rollin Haynes will officiate. Special music by Lisa Schoen, Laura, Scott and Katie Veenhuis.

Amelia Gleason was born on July 7, 1905 on a farm south of Slayton, MN to Earnest and Annie Michaelson Priebe. She attended elementary school in Slayton, graduated from Slayton High School in 1923 and completed Slayton Normal School in 1924. She taught country school for two years before her marriage.

On June 14, 1926 she and Arlie M. Gleason were married at her parents farm in Lowville Twp., Murray County, MN. Following their marriage they lived in Currie and she and her husband ran Arlie's Grocery for 52 years. They retired in March 1975. Arlie passed away on May 24, 1975.

Amelia continued living in Currie until September 1997 when she moved to Sunrise Terrace Apartments in Slayton. In June 2000 she became a resident of the Slayton Manor Care Center. She was a resident of Our House hospice house in Slayton for three weeks before she passed away there on October 23, 2004 at the age of 99 years.

She was a member of the Currie Presbyterian Church and active in the UPW. She belonged to the Currie Town and Country Club and birthday club. She sponsored Amelia's Ace's Bowling Teams for several years. Amelia enjoyed card club, walking, gardening, ceramics, crocheting, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

Survivors include 10 grandchildren: Caryl Hart, Judy Bassett, Barbara Whiting, Mary Benson, Tom Byrne, Pat Nimmerfroh, Kathy Veenhuis, Paul Nimmerfroh, Pam Nimmerfroh and David Bremer; 23 great-grandchildren and 19 great-great-grandchildren and her brother, Leland Priebe of Slayton, MN.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Arlie, daughters, Jeanne Byrne, Shirley Nimmerfroh Bremer, sisters, Florence Jones, Eunice Johnson, Ruth Swanson and her brother, Marlene Priebe.

Interment will be at Slayton Memorial Gardens with the Totzke Funeral Home of Slayton in charge of the arrangements.

Norman J. Radermacher, 86

Former Tracy businessman, Norman J. Radermacher, passed away on October 14, 2004. Interment was at the parish cemetery of Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Sauk Centre, MN.
Norman John Radermacher was born March 13, 1918 in West Union Township, Todd County, MN to John H. and Frances (Jaques) Radermacher.

He served from 1941 in the U.S. Army during W.W.II as a baker and cook in Panama until he was discharged from El Paso, TX in 1945. He married Marcella (Sally) Kemper on Nov. 15, 1944 in Melrose, MN.

Radermacher operated a creamery in New Munich and Grove Lake, MN for six years before moving his family to Rapid City S.D. where he worked construction jobs and at the Red Owl store, where he learned to be a meat cutter. Relocating in Sauk Centre and beginning work at the Red Owl store there, he eventually bought the Red Owl store in Tracy in 1961, owning it for 10 years.

They moved back to Sauk Centre and he worked for Super Valu and Nash Finch until retirement. His pastimes included fishing, gardening and old-time dancing.

Survivors include his wife, Marcella Radermacher of Sauk Centre; children, Ronald (Dorothy) of Lake City, James (Lynne) of Redwood Falls, Marilyn (Andy) Girard of Grand Rapids, Norma Jean (Bryan) Imme of Willmar; 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; sisters, Loretta (Bernard) Gieske of Sauk Centre, and Virginia Balago of New York.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Sylvester, Raymond and John Radermacher.