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Obituaries from the week of July 19, 2006


Edward Daniels, 89

Funeral services for Edward W. Daniels, PhD., 89, were held at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 6, 2006 at Knox Presbyterian Church, Naperville, IL. Interment was in Naperville Cemetery.

Born Jan. 19, 1917, in rural Minnesota, near Tracy, MN, he died Friday, June 30, 2006, in his home in Naperville.

Dr. Daniels was respected internationally for his research contributions in cell biology. During his career spanning six decades, he authored more than 160 scientific papers. The American Association of Biological Sciences, the Society of Protozoologists, and numerous other scientific organizations count him as a member. In 1941, Dr. Daniels received his BA degree in Biology from Cornell College. After serving his country in the Navy and Marine Corps during World War II, he continued his studies at the University of Illinois where he obtained an MS degree in Embryology, and Ph.D.’s in Zoology, Physiology, Anatomy and Microbiology. Without basic research such as his, many cancer therapies in use today would not have been possible. When development towards manned space flight was in its infancy, protozoa of Ed’s were the first living organisms shot into space by the United States Air Force Radiation Laboratory.

After four years at the University of Chicago, he accepted a job in the Bio Med Division of Argonne National Laboratory and moved the family to Naperville. After 37 years at Argonne, Ed retired. Growing restless, he soon became Adjunct Full Professor of Anatomy at the University of Illinois’ Medical School in Chicago, where he conducted pure research for nearly 15 years.

He is survived by his wife, Harriet (nee Zimmerman) of Naperville; sons, Edward B. (Merle) Daniels of Golden, Colo., Paul (Karen) Daniels of Daytona Beach, Fla. and Tom (Janet) Daniels of Orlando, Fla.; daughter, Lynell (Dean) Reschke of Naperville; eight grandchildren, Scott, Alan and Leslie Daniels, Kirstin Daniels, Donovan and Torrie Daniels, and Danielle and Gretchen Reschke, also “adopted granddaughters”, Emily, Jessica and Andrew Bautista; two sisters, Irene Bakker and Betty Pool; brothers, Amos (Jeri) and Andy (Shirley) and Archie Daniels, all of Tracy; and his brother-in-law, Forbes Whiteside of New York.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Azro and Nellie (nee Bundy) Daniels; stepmother, Della (nee Greenman); and sisters, Evelyn Swanjord and Nellie Whiteside.

Memorials to Knox Presbyterian Church or First Presbyterian Church, Chicago, appreciated. For information, 630-355-0264 or

Bertha Paradis, 81

Mass of Christian Burial for Bertha Paradis, 81, of Marshall, was held today, Wednesday, July 19, 2006, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Marshall. Bertha Alice (Schons) Paradis was born on September 1, 1924, in Amiret, MN, to John and Elizabeth (Wester) Schons. She attended country school and graduated from Tracy High School in 1942.

On February 9, 1949, she was united in marriage to Edwin Paradis at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy. The couple had eight children. They farmed and made their home in rural Balaton. In 1988, they retired and moved into Tracy where Bertha lived until she moved to Marshall in 2001.

Bertha enjoyed embroidering, quilting, playing cards and bingo, watching the Twins and collecting dolls. She was a former member of the Balaton School Board.

Bertha died on Sunday, July 16, 2006, at the Prairie Home Hospice House in Marshall.

She is survived by her children Ray (Brenda) of Mitchell, SD, Beth (Jon) Buyck of Benson, MN, Sharon (Laurie) Lenertz of Vadnais Heights, MN, Wally (Barb) of rural Balaton, Pat (David) Morton of Bloomfield, NE, Mary (Jim) Hanson of Apple Valley, MN, Nancy (Gary) Schulte of Yankton, SD, Brad (D’Ann) of rural Balaton, 14 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, sisters Edith Foley, Anna Mae Breczinski and Virginia Foley and brother Irvin Schons, nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and special friend Richard Johnson of Tracy.

She was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, two sisters and her husband Edwin. Memorials are preferred to the Prairie Home Hospice House of Marshall.

Interment was at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Tracy, with the Rehkamp-Horvath Funeral Home of Marshall handling the arrangements.


Maynard Peterson, 78

Funeral services will be held for Maynard Leon Peterson at Christ Lutheran Church in Slayton, MN on Thursday, July 20, 2006 at 10:30 a.m. with Interim minister Julie Anderson officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday, July 19, from 4-7 p.m. at the Totzke Funeral Home in Slayton and an hour prior to the services at the church on Thursday.

The organist is Twyla Hungerford. The soloist is Heidi Winter. The pallbearers are Lloyd Ehleringer, Gary Peterson, Darrel Peterson, Owen Peterson, Brian Peterson, Kent Cooreman, Byron Kasa, and Donald Peterson.

The honorary pallbearers are George Zanter, Otto Nyquist, Charles Swan, Charles Nelson, Luverne Carlson, Willis Crow, Gaylen Jensen and all of Maynard’s grandchildren and step-grandchildren.

Maynard Peterson was born on October 20,1927 on the family farm near Westbrook, MN to Ole and Gelena Kleven Peterson. He grew up on the farm and graduated from Tracy High School in 1945. Following high school Maynard farmed near Garvin, MN.

On October 18, 1950 he and Donna Jeanne Larson were married at Tracy Lutheran Church in Tracy, MN. Following their marriage they farmed northwest of Slayton.

Donna Jeanne passed away on December 12, 1971. On August 7, 1973 he and Jean Knutson Olson were married at Trinity Lutheran Church in Balaton, MN. Following their marriage they made their home on Maynard’s farm northwest of Slayton. They retired from farming in 1992 but remained on the farm.

Due to failing health Maynard became a resident of the Slayton Manor Care Center 2005. Maynard passed away on July 14, 2006 at the Murray County Hospital in Slayton at the age of 78.

He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Slayton and served on the church council and as an usher. Maynard also was a 4-H leader and NFO member. Maynard especially enjoyed spending time with his family. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, watching sports, playing cards, dancing, singing, and reading.

Survivors include his five children and their spouses; Sharon and Al Thom of Crown Point IN, Wayne Peterson and Lynda Newman of Creswell, OR, Valinda Peterson of Excelsior, MN, Lynelle and Don Spain of Alamagordo, NM, and Dawn and Craig Christensen of Slayton, MN, 11 grandchildren, Erin and Kevin Rawls, Megan and Tim Kearns, Shannon and Mike Finnerty, Dana Peterson and Ray Lang, Sonja and Chris Timmons, Travis Peterson and Ashley, Michael Scott and Sara Wren, Brittany Scott, Sarah Spain, Macy Christensen, and Colin Christensen, seven great-grandchildren, one step-daughter in-law, Sue Olson of Marshall, MN, three step-grandchildren, Krista and Nate Van Note, Eric and Emi Olson and Nathan Olson, two step great-grandchildren, two brothers and their spouses, Vernon and Shirley Peterson of Wendell, MN and Dennis and Jean Peterson of Tracy, MN, one sister, Lola Cooreman of Tracy, MN, one sister in-law, Leona Peterson of Tracy, MN.

He is preceded in death by his first wife, Donna Jeanne Peterson, second wife, Jean Peterson, infant daughter, Linda Peterson, infant granddaughter, Lisa Marie Spain, stepson, Terry Olson, three brothers, Omer, Harvey, and Victor Peterson, four sisters, Blanche Ehleringer, Gladys Kasa, Hildur Peterson, and Darlene Peterson.

Interment at Slayton Memorial Gardens, Slayton, MN, with the Totzke Funeral Home of Slayton handling the arrangements.