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Obituaries from the week of October 19, 2005


Bernadette Moore, 78

Funeral services were held on Friday, October 14, 2005 for Bernadette A. Moore at Garvin Congregational Church, Garvin, MN. Reverend Esdel Miller officiated. Soloist was Jerry Engesser with Deb Miller as organist.

Cakset bearers were Matthew Moore, Eric Deutz, Aaron Moore, Jonathan Moore, John Kass, Kenneth Deutz, Ryan Moore-Johnson.

Honorary casket bearers were Rachel Kass, Rabekah Kass, Michelle Deutz, Shania Deutz, Thalia Deutz, Adrid Deutz, Nicholas Moore, Caleb Moore, Denzel Johnson, Maxine Johnson, ZoŽ Johnson, Vanessa Johnson and Collin Johnson.

Bernadette Ann Moore was born September 17, 1927 to Ben and Agnes (Diekmann) Schroer in St. Killian, MN, Nobles County. She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith and attended St. Killian Catholic School. She was raised on a farm near Wilmont, MN until the age of 16, when she went to work in Worthington, MN.

On April 12, 1947, Bernie married Robert D. Moore in Slayton, MN, who she had met at the Drive-Inn theatre in Garvin, MN. They made their home on a farm south of Balaton, MN for a few years before moving onto a farm south of Garvin, farming there until their retirement. She was a housewife, loving spouse, mother, grandmother, sister and friend to her family and many friends.

She was a member of the Garvin Congregational Church in Garvin, MN, where she was active in the women’s fellowship. She also was a member of the Nivrag Club and the ARC. She was active over the years in Bible study and enjoyed embroidery, quilting, cooking, flower gardening, reading and writing letters to family and friends. What Bernie loved most was spending time with all her family and many friends.

In the fall of 2000, Bernie moved into Marshall, MN and lived there until her death. On Tuesday, October 11, 2005 Bernie died at the Wiener Memorial Medical Center in Marshall at the age of 78.

Bernie is survived by her two sons, Dennis (Karen) Moore of Redwood Falls, MN and Donald of Beaumont, TX; three daughters, Patty Moore of Marshall, MN, Elaine (Gary) Kass of Garvin, MN and Mary (Greg) Deutz of Marshall, MN; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Victor (Kathleen) Schroer of LeCenter, MN; five sisters, Alverna (Vernon) Lovell of Galt, CA, Joan McCormick of Slayton, MN, Carol Holm of Minnetonka, MN, Shirley Brower of Worthington, MN and Cecilia (Ralph) Urcan of Sacramento, CA; two brothers-in-law, Rolland (Laura) Moore of Loveland, CO and Delwin (Nita) Moore of Sioux Falls, SD; three sisters-in-law, Dorine (Wayne) Brock of Garvin, MN, Carole (Gary) Miller of Buffalo, MN and Diane (Terry) Long of Sioux Falls, SD; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Her parents, husband, Robert, one son, Larry and one brother, Raymond Schroer preceded her in death.

Interment was in Bethel (Custer) Cemetery, Tracy, with the Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy handling the arrangements.

Marjorie Schleppenbach, 68

Funeral services were held on Monday, October 17, 2005 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Tracy, for Marjorie Schleppenbach. Father Brian Mandel officiated. Alter boys were Connor and Carter Hanson. Soloist was Carol Cooreman with Ann Przybilla as organist. Dar Ford gave the Eulogy.

Casket bearers were Richard Maertens, Tracy Nelson, Jody Grogan, Bruce Hanson, Paul Froehle and Duane Peterson.

Marjorie Roseann Schleppenbach was born November 12, 1936 to John and Veronica (Spaeth) Ripka in Melrose, Stearns County, MN. She was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith and attended Melrose Public Schools, graduating from Melrose High School in 1954. As a young woman she went to work for Marquette Bank in Minneapolis, MN where she met John.

On August 27, 1955 Marge married John Schleppenbach at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Melrose. They made their home for a short while in Minneapolis and then Texas while John was in the military, and in 1957 they moved to Tracy, MN. On July 1, 1966 John and Marge purchased a drug store that they presently own and operate known as John’s RX Drug. A housewife her whole life Marge will be remembered as a loving wife, wonderful mother, great grandmother and a good friend by many.

She was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church and in the past was active in the church’s women’s groups and also as a volunteer, assisting in transporting the elderly from nursing homes to a special Mass held in the St. Mary’s Catholic School during the week. Marge was also a past member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Birthday Club, an investment club and Bridge club. Marge also enjoyed golfing, cross country skiing, canoeing, traveling, arrowhead hunting and collecting Native American artifacts.

In the fall of 2005 Marge became a resident of the Tracy Nursing Home where she died Thursday, October 15, 2005 at the age of 68.

Marge is survived by her husband, John of Tracy, MN; three daughters, Sandy (Bruce) Hanson of Blue Earth, MN, Julie (Tracy) Nelson of Farmington, MN and Maria (Jody) Grogan of Rapid City, SD; one son, Jake Schleppenbach of Chanhassen, MN; six grandchildren, Hilary, Connor and Carter Hanson, Abbey and Claire Nelson and Jordan Grogan; three sisters, Marion Froehle of Brooklyn Park, MN, Arlene (Ron) Schumacher of Sartell, MN and Gladys (Ron) Haugen of Minneapolis, MN; one sister-in-law, Alice Ripka of Melrose, MN; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Her parents, two brothers, Joe and Ken Ripka and one brother-in-law, Wallace Froehle preceded her in death.

Burial was in St. Mary’s Calvary Cemetery, Tracy with the Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy handling the arrangements.