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Obituaries from the week of April 6, 2005


Olive Bangasser, 87

Funeral services were held today, Wednesday, April 6, 2005 for Olive G. Bangasser. Fr. Paul Hadusek officiated at the 3 p.m. service at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy. Vicki Getter was organist with Carla VandeWiele as cantor.

Casket bearers were Michael Van Heel, Corey Quante, Art Rogers, Wade Thomson, Ronnie Dahl and Jim Turner.

Olive Gladys Bangasser was born November 3, 1917 to Robert J. and Edna (Brown) Nelson in Walnut Grove, Gales Township, MN. She was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith and attended country school and graduated from Tracy High School in Tracy, MN.

On December 28, 1939 Olive married Lester F. Bangasser at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Currie, MN. They made their home on a farm in Murray County until their retirement, when they moved into Tracy.

Olive was a homemaker her whole life, a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy, where she was also active in the church’s women’s groups in her younger years. She enjoyed reading and her flower gardens in the past.

In July of 2000 Olive became a resident of the Tracy Nursing Home where she died Saturday, April 2, 2005 at the age of 87.

Olive is survived by her one daughter, Marilyn (Chuck) Van Heel of St. Michael, MN; four granddaughters, Paula (Wade) Thomson, Cynthia (Frank) Berryman, Rose Nelson and Heidi Van Heel; one grandson, Michael (Sara) Van Heel; six great-grandchildren, Samantha and Chase Nelson, Elizabeth and Hunter Berryman, Layne and Violett Van Heel; one sister, Catherine (Darold) Short of Newport, MN; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Her parents, husband, Lester, one son, Bruce, two brothers, Henry and Robert and one sister, Joyce Grinde preceded her in death.

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

Ree Bleil, 78

Ree Bleil of Balaton, MN died Monday, April 4, 2005 at the Our House Hospice in Slayton, MN at the age of 78. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 9, 2005 at the Almlie Funeral Home in Balaton.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Lakeside Cemetery in Balaton. Almlie Funeral Home of Balaton will be handling the arrangements.

Eugene Schneider, 79

Funeral services for Eugene Lowell Schneider of Cyrus were held today, Wednesday, April 6, 2005 at 10:30 a.m. at Assumption Catholic Church in Morris. Father Alan Wielinski and Deacon Stan Hennen officiated. Burial was at Our Lady of the Runstone Catholic Cemetery in Kensington.

Eugene Lowell Schneider, son of Fred and Emma (Wenzel) Schneider, was born January 21, 1926 in Cottonwood County, near Avoca, MN, where he grew up and received his schooling. Eugene worked on the family farm until 1950, when he and his brother Denis moved south of Morris and farmed. In 1952 they moved to a farm north of Morris.

On December 14, 1957, he was united in marriage to Joanne Riley. The couple moved to a farm by Farwell in 1970. Following his retirement in 1993, Eugene and Joanne moved to their present home east of Cyrus.

Eugene died on Saturday, April 2, 2005 at the Stevens Community Medical Center in Morris having lived to reach the age of 79.

He is survived by his wife: Joanne Schneider of Cyrus; children: Barb (Paul) Leonard of Cyrus, Jerry (Mary) Schneider of Gwinner, ND, Gary (Wendy) Schneider of Farwell, Steve (Mary) Schneider of Brooklyn Park, Jeff (Deb) Schneider of Farwell, Randy Schneider of Cyrus, and Deb (Dean) Solvie of Hancock; twenty grandchildren; three brothers: Denis Schneider of Avoca, Marvin Schneider of San Leandro, CA and Daryl Schneider of Avoca; three sisters: Beverly (Elwood) Ewy of Watertown, SD, Peggy (Lee) McKlemurry of Abbeville, AL and Donna Lindau of Wyoming, MN; several nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Eugene was preceded in death by his parents; daughter: Tammy; grandson: Nathan Schneider; sister-in-law: Irene Schneider and brother-in-law: Chuck Lindau.

Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris was in charge of the arrangements.