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Obituaries from the week of November 17, 2004

Herbert VanMoer, 92
Mass of Christian Burial for Herbert VanMoer, 92, of Marshall was held today, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Marshall.
Herbert Francis VanMoer was born on November 11, 1912, in Amiret Township, Lyon County, to Edmond and Florence (Loke) VanMoer. On January 16, 1936, he was united in marriage to Marie Marcotte in Tracy, MN. Herb farmed all of his life in Amiret Township. He retired from farming full time in 1979 and the couple moved to Marshall in 1984 and later to Hill St. Place in 1999. As a young man, Herb loved playing baseball and played third base for the Amiret Town Team. He also was an avid reader and enjoyed throwing horseshoes, bowling, dancing and, in his later years, woodworking. After his retirement, Herb worked for Bill Deutz for several seasons. He was an usher at the early mass at Holy Redeemer for many years.
Herb died on Sunday, November 14, at the Morningside Heights Nursing Home in Marshall.
He is survived by his wife Marie of Marshall, Children Joan (Harold) Halverson of Marshall, Larry (Adeline) VanMoer of Marshall, Charles (Pat) VanMoer of rural Tracy, Lynda (Al) Johnson of Bloomington, Julie (Mike) Leese of Marshall, grandchildren Debra Coleman, Brenda Lee, Dawn Brown, Shannon Rund, Curtis VanMoer, Scott VanMoer, Karla Engels, Greg VanMoer, Sandy Braun, Ben Johnson, Tony Johnson, Jeremy Leese and Jennifer Leese; 16 great-grandchildren; one sister Mary DeQuasie of Salinas, CA, many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, six sisters and five brothers.
Interment was in Calvary Cemetery, Marshall, with the Rehkamp and Horvath Funeral Home handling the arrangements.
Memorials preferred to the Alzheimer's Unit at Morningside Heights Nursing Home in Marshall.

Violet Lovald, 96
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, November 16, 2004 for Violet Lovald, age 96, of rural Milroy. Services were held at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Milroy with Pastor Pablo Obergon officiating.
Casket bearers were Steve Petersen, John Petersen, John Beebout, Duane Petersen, Fred Petersen, Jr., and Nathan Petersen.
Violet Nellie Petersen was born to Nels Frederick and Matie (Gartke) Petersen on July 11, 1908 in Benson, MN. She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith.
On October 31, 1928, Violet was united in marriage to Olaf Lovald at Lamberton. They lived near Milroy where they farmed and Violet did seamstress work for her family and friends. Olaf passed away in 1959 and Violet continued to live with her daughter and son-in-law until her death. She enjoyed caring for her granddaughters as well as sewing, baking, crocheting and visiting with neighbors, friends and family. She loved to entertain and host Home Extension Groups and Bible Study. She was the past President of the Milroy Music Mothers, an active member of Our Savior's women of the ELCA, especially focusing on sewing quilts and supplying layettes for Lutheran World Relief. She still attended quilting do-days at the church until the last 2 years of her life.
Violet passed away at home on Friday, November 12, 2004. She had reached the age of 96 years, 4 months and one day.
She is survived by her daughter, Barbara (Ron) Wixon of Milroy; two grandchildren, Sharri (Jeff) Van DeWiele of Milroy and Sonja (Dan) Wilson of New Hope; two great-grandchildren, Annette (Joel) Mertens of Redwood Falls and Philip Van De Wiele of Marshall; a great-great-grandchild, Sydney Mertens of Redwood Falls; five siblings, Florence Radtke of Marshall, Irene Larson of Underwood, Warren (Dona) Petersen of Marshall; Richard Petersen of Marshall and Ethel Brunsell of Florida; three sister-in-laws, Florence Petersen, Helen Lovald, and Ruby Lovald; also many cousins, nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Olaf, four brothers, Oliver, Lloyd, Fred and Woodrow; three sisters, Hariet Fitzgerald, Lorraine Beebout and Virginia Sharbach; 11 brother-in-laws Harold Radke, Elmer Rolland, Ray Larson, Jim Johnson, Doug Brunsell, Henry Hansen, Len Fitzgerald, Chester Beebout, Floyd Sharbach, Ernest Lovald and Astor Lovald; and two sisters-in-law, Loretta Petersen and Lucille Petersen.
She was a faithful member of the Our Savior's Lutheran Church at the time of her death.
Interment was in Our Saviors Lutheran Cemetery, Milroy, MN with the Hamilton Funeral Home handling the arrangements.

Lennis Hanson, 68
Lennis R. "Lenny" Hanson, 68, of St. James, MN died on Tuesday, November 9, 2004 at his home in St. James.
Funeral Services were held at St. James Catholic Church, St. James on Friday, November 12, 2004 at 10:30 a.m. The Clergy was Father Jim Berning and Sister Lucille Hass. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery in St. James.
Arrangements were with the Sturm Funeral Home in St. James, MN. Email condolences may be sent to the family at
Lennis R. "Lenny" Hanson was born December 23, 1935 at Tracy, MN to Ray and Louise (Gilb) Hanson. He attended school in Tracy and graduated from Tracy High School in 1955. Lenny was inducted in the U.S. Army in June of 1955 and was honorably discharged in June of 1958. On October 8, 1956 he was united in marriage to Judy A. Nett at Lake Wilson, MN.
Lenny worked as an auto mechanic in Lake Wilson and Pipestone, MN before moving to St. James to become service manager at M&M Motors. In 1970 Lenny purchased North Side Motors where he had an auto repair shop, later expanding his services to include boat and camper sales and service. In 1975 Lenny opened the self-serve Laundromat and in 1977 added a Whirlpool appliance dealership, retiring in 1997.
Lenny enjoyed camping, traveling, fishing and spending time in his woodworking shop. He also enjoyed quiet time at the cabin with children, grandchildren, family, and friends.
Lenny is survived by his wife Judy of St. James; one daughter, Kathy and husband Mark Wolner of Cottage Grove, MN; two sons, Tim and wife Patti Hanson of Stanwood, WA, and Mark and wife Carolyn Hanson of Newcastle, CA; six grandchildren; two sisters, Donna and husband Junior Kathman of St. James, and Alice Cowell of Butterfield, MN; one brother, Richard and wife Norine Hanson of Tracy, MN; one brother-in-law, Ron Nelson of Coleman, SD; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his step father; one sister, Dorene; two nieces; and one nephew.

Lorraine (Medrud) Blakesley, 71
Lorraine (Medrud) Blakesley was born December 12, 1932 in Tracy, MN to Nelder and Edna Flickinger Medrud. She graduated from Balaton High School and Mankato teachers college. She taught in Wood Lake, Redwood Falls and Alaska. She loved nature and was a bird watcher. She liked antiques and did lots of crafts.
Lorraine passed away in McMinnville, OR after a long battle with cancer.
Lorraine is survived by her husband Boyd, two sons Jeff and Jerry and a granddaughter Sarah, three brothers Nelder of Boulder, CO, Budd of Milroy, and Steven of Redwood Falls.
Preceding her in death are her parents, Nelder Sr. and Edna (Flickinger) Medrud, a sister Elaine, and son Jay.
Services will be at a later date.

Dolores Domine, 78
Dolores Domine, 78 of Tracy, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 2004 at the Tracy Hospital. Funeral services will be Saturday, Nov. 20 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Tracy with Father Brian Mandel officiating.. Visitation will be held Friday 4-8 p.m. at the Tracy Area Funeral Home with a 4 p.m. rosary and 7:30 p.m. prayer service. Visitation will continue on Saturday, one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
Dolores Ray Domine was born March 3, 1926 in Cleveland, Ohio to William H. and Mary (Cross) Cartwright. She was baptized and confirmed in the Episcopal faith. She attended school in Cleveland.
Dolores was united in marriage to Erwin Domine at St. James Parish Church in Cleveland, Ohio in February 1, 1947. They moved to Walnut Grove a few years later. Her many interests were crafts and crocheting, being a cub scout den mother for many years, camping, traveling with Erwin to gold shows and visiting family. She was good at drawing, enjoyed going to dances and was active in the VFW Eagles Auxiliary. She spent her married life being a housewife and was the secretary for Erwin's (numerous) varied businesses. Her kids, grandkids and great grandkids were very important to her.
Dolores Ray Domine passed away at the Tracy Hospital in Tracy, Minnesota on Sunday, November 14, 2004 at the age of 78 years, 8 months and 11 days.
She will be lovingly remembered by her five children and spouses: William Domine of Tracy, Anne Erickson of Sioux Falls, SD, Michael and Patrice Domine of Summit, MS, Roxanna Saldivar of St. Cloud, and John and Joni Domine of Tracy; grandchildren Amy, Bradley and Alyssa Domine, Tom (Andrea) Erickson, Randy (Becky) Erickson, Cory (Allison) Domine, Michelle Domine, Nichole (Christopher) Stanley, Tiffany (Christian) Wilson, Nathan (Jessica) Domine, Jorge (Amanda) Serna and Travis, Jill and Ashlee Domine; great-grandchildren Thomas Jr, Jackson and Julianna Erickson, MicKala, Brittany and Dustin Erickson, Hayden, Taylor and Amanda Domine, Jordan, Shaianne and Brenden Domine, Jorge Jr. and Carter Serna; Sister Mildred Melenovic from Cleveland, OH, and many neices and nephews and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Erwin, infant son Erwin Jr., infant great granddaughter Danielle Erickson, twin sister Doris, sister Helen and brothers-in-law Bud, Paul and Pete.
Tracy Area Funeral home is in charge of arrangements.