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April 18, 2007



Jodi Sanders, 38
Funeral services were held Friday, April 13, 2007 for Jodi Sanders at Tracy Lutheran Church, Tracy, MN. Rev. Elton Jorde officiated with Richard Stelter as organist. Soloist was Debra Miller.
Casket bearers were Dorcus Martin, Scott Peterson, Jon Peterson, Arika Sanders, Dustin Knapper, Curt Like, Jeff Steever and Raymond Sanders.
Jodi Rae (Hovde) Sanders was born May 1, 1968 to Paul B. and LaVonne (Stehr) Hovde in Minneapolis, MN. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and lived with her family in Anoka, MN. At the age of five Jodi moved with her family to Tracy, MN where she attended Tracy Public Schools, graduating from Tracy High School in 1986.
Prior to her graduation she worked at the Christian Manor Nursing Home in Tracy. Jodi then moved to Minneapolis for several years and worked at a care facility there. On October 3, 1992 Jodi married Paul Sanders at the Church of Christ in Tracy, where they made their home. She then worked for an HSI house in Tracy and also LifeTouch, a company that did portraits of school kids. Currently, Jodi was a paraprofessional at the Tracy Elementary School for the last ten years and had just recently started a part-time job working nights at Rooster’s in Currie.
She was a member of Tracy Lutheran Church, where she had taught Sunday School in the past. Jodi was an artist at heart and enjoyed many forms of artistic media from pencil drawings to wall murals and custom car painting. She also enjoyed spending time with family and laughing with friends. Some of her hobbies included fishing, music, saving animals and antique collecting. Many will remember her work with children at school and the good sense of humor she brought out in her art.
On Tuesday, April 10, 2007 Jodi was called home to her Lord with her family by her side in Sioux Falls, SD at the age of 38.
Jodi is survived by her husband, Paul of Tracy, MN and their two children, her daughter, Darian and her son, Hayden; her mother, LaVonne Knapper of Sioux Falls, SD; three sisters, Bonnie (Curt) Like of Slayton, MN, Kim Robinson and Shelly (Jeff) Steever, both of Lennox, SD; one brother, Dustin (Shalayna) Knapper of Canton, SD; step-father, Richard Knapper of Sioux Falls, SD; two grandmothers, Ann Stehr of Sioux Falls, SD and Lorraine Cooreman of Tracy, MN; father-in-law, Douglas Sanders of Tracy, MN; mother-in-law, Ruth Sanders of Mankato, MN; two sisters-in-law, Anita (Kevin) Larsen of Grand Island, NE and Arika (Nick Mundt) Sanders of Brookings, SD; two brothers-in-law, Jeff (Sandee) Sanders of Tracy, MN and Raymond Sanders (Amanda Honeycutt) of Northfield, MN; many nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
Her father, Paul Hovde, four grandfathers and two grandmothers preceded her in death.
Interment was at Tracy City Cemetery with the Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy handling the arrangements.
The family requests that memorials be given to the Tracy Elementary Playground Fund or the Animal Humane Society of Minnesota.

Augusta “Gussie” Shaw, 81
Augusta “Gussie” E. Shaw, age 81 of Tracy passed away on Thursday, April 12, 2007 at the Hospice House in Marshall, Minnesota. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, April 16, 2007 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy, Minnesota.
Augusta (Verstraete) Shaw was born December 24, 1925 to Paul and Sylvia (Putte) Verstraete in Walnut Grove, Minnesota. Augusta was the youngest of ten children. She was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy. Augusta attended rural District School in Murray County for two years and one year in Walnut Grove before coming to Tracy for elementary and high school.
In the early 1940’s Augusta worked at the Hotel Exchange Coffee Shop. She also worked at Kirkpatrick Drug Store and then at the Bell Telephone Company as an operator for two years.
Augusta was united in marriage to Clinton Shaw on July 10, 1947 at St. Mary’s parsonage in Tracy. The couple was blessed with three children. After the children were of school age Augusta started working for District 417 as a school bus driver in 1966. She drove school bus for 35 years and retired in 2001.
Augusta was a member of CCS at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and a member of the Hospital Auxiliary and St. Ann’s Guild. Augusta enjoyed gardening, baking and was an excellent cook. She loved to dance and bowled for many years. August enjoyed having her children and grandchildren around very much.
Augusta is survived by her beloved husband Clinton Shaw of the Wabasso Nursing Home; children: Ron (Cheryl) Shaw of St. Paul, Bruce Shaw of Tracy and Cindy (Tom) Rignell of Tracy; five grandchildren: Wade, Derek and Taylor Rignell and Kevin and Kimberly Shaw; sister Clara Andrews of Tracy; and many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers and three sisters.
Interment was in the Calvary Catholic Cemetery. The Tracy Area Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Irvin Schons, 88
Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 14, 2007, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Worthington, Minnesota, for Irvin Schons. Father Charles Quinn officiated. Irvin’s grandsons, Casey, Mikey, Chad, Matt, Josh, Ben, Mark, and Brandon served as casket bearers. Honorary bearers were Irvin’s granddaughters and nephews.
Irvin Michael Schons, 88, was born on March 5, 1919, on a farm north of Tracy, MN, in Amiret Township.
He was the son of John and Elizabeth Wester Schons. Irvin married Mary Lou Johnson on November 21, 1953, in Marshall, MN.
Irvin grew up on the family farm. He attended rural School District 36. After the death of his father in 1941, he farmed the family farm with his mother. He continued to farm there after his marriage until 1962, when they moved to a farm near Rushmore, Minnesota. Irvin retired from farming in 1988 and they moved to Worthington, MN, in 2001.
Irvin was baptized at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy and was a member there until moving to the Rushmore area. He then became a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Worthington. Irvin was a DeKalb seed corn dealer for 25 years. He was a member of the Rushmore Senior Citizens, Birthday Club, Knights of Columbus, Golden Kiwanis, and several card clubs.
Irvin loved bowling, fishing, and playing pool with his wife after moving to the Meadows. He also loved gardening and enjoyed roses. His children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren were the light of his life.
Irvin died on Tuesday, April 10, 2007, at the South Shore Care Center in Worthington, MN.
Irvin is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mary Lou, of Worthington; two sons, Wayne Schons, of Sheldon, IA, and Irvin Jr. (Mickey) Schons, of Rushmore, MN; three daughters, Kathryn North, of Ceres, CA, Peggy Schons Kappes, of Alvin, TX, and Susan (Lyle) Kawlewski, of Ottertail, MN; three sisters, Edith (Bob) Foley, of New Ulm, MN, Anna Mae Breczinski, of Tracy, MN, and Virginia (Jim) Foley, of Slayton, MN; 15 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren (with 3 more to arrive); sisters-in-law, Beatrice and Alice Schons, Pat and June Johnson, and Margaret Sittig, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and three sisters.
Burial was in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Earl Parish, 98
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 17, 2007 in Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Milroy for Earl Parish.
Earl Chester Parish was born March 9, 1909 in Teton, South Dakota to Ivan and Rose (Larson) Parish. At age four the family moved to Vilas, South Dakota. Earl attended school at Esmond, Vilas and Howard, South Dakota. He graduated from Howard High School in 1927. He started working for Chicago Northern Rail Line on June 2, 1927 working for the Chicago Northern 45 years until retiring as a section foreman in 1972.
Earl married Clara Cooley on January 9, 1930 in Vilas, South Dakota. During their marriage they lived in Vilas and Iroquois, South Dakota before moving to Milroy in 1938. Clara passed away on June 30, 1971.
Earl joined the Army on December 30, 1943, where he served in the European Theater with the 281st Combat Engineers, and later the 44th Engineer Combat Battalion. When he returned from overseas, he was sent to Camp Beale in San Francisco, California, where he was honorably discharged on January 11, 1946.
Earl married Myrtle Flesner on June 21, 1975 in Milroy where they resided until May 11, 2002 when they moved to Redwood Falls. Myrtle passed away on December 28, 2003.
In his younger years Earl enjoyed hunting and fishing, and in later years playing cards and bowling. He was an avid reader throughout his life, and was a member of the Milroy American Legion Post since 1946. He was an avid fan, and loved listening to and watching the Minnesota Twins’ baseball games.
Earl Parish died on Saturday April 14, 2007 at the Sunwood Good Samaritan Care Center in Redwood Falls at the age of 98 years, 1 month and 5 days.
He is survived by his daughter Jean (Loyal) Peterson of Mesa, AZ; Step-children Walter (Kay) Flesner of Stillwater, Clarice Vickery of St. Paul, Elaine Woelfel of Redwood Falls, Dennis (Ronna) Flesner of Little Falls; grandchildren Cathy (Dave) McKean, Paula Peterson, Joseph Peterson, 10 step-grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 14 step-great grandchildren; sisters Sylvia Cooley of Madison, SD and Alice McLaughlin of Paris, MO; plus nieces, nephews and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Clara, second wife Myrtle, sisters Nina Cobb and Ethel Roberts, and brother Paul.
Burial was in the Milroy Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by the Sunset Funeral and Cremation Association of Wabasso and Echo.

Keith Williams, 79
Keith Ivan Williams, 79, of Worth, IL died Saturday, March 24, 2007 in Chicago, IL. Keith was born near Amiret, MN the son of Harold and Mabel C. (Yost) Williams. He was a 1946 Tracy High School graduate. He worked many years at Clearing Manufacturing, Chicago, IL as manager of Quality Assurance. He was active in Boy Scouts for more than 25 years serving as Scoutmaster.
He married Arlise Hasse in Chicago, IL. He was an active member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Worth, IL.
He loved to travel and camp with his family covering most of the United States while doing so.
He is survived by his wife, Arlise; two daughters Judy and husband Roy Stenstrom, Donna Williams; sons John, Bill and wife Maureen, Kenneth and wife Michelle, Brian and wife Christine; stepmother Irene Vercruysse of Lynd, MN; two sisters Marge Cadwell and husband Merlyn of Clara City, MN; Diane Karlstad and husband David of Lynd, MN; two brothers Arnold Williams of Lynd, MN and Allan Williams of Rixeyville, VA; 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Alvera Lamprecht, 90
Funeral services for Alvera Viola Lamprecht, 90, will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 19, 2007 at Tracy Lutheran Church in Tracy, MN with burial in Hoiland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 today, Wednesday, April 18 at Almlie Funeral Home in Tracy.
Alvera Viola Lamprecht was born July 13, 196 in Vesta, MN, to Ferdinand and Alvina (Nemitz) Kemnitz. She graduated from Redwood Falls High School in 1933 and from Teacher’s Training in Redwood Falls in 1934. She taught in rural schools for five years.
On March 11, 1942, she and Hilco Lamprecht of Wabasso, MN, were united in marriage at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Redwood Falls. After Hilco’s military service, the couple farmed for many years near Holloway, MN, before moving to Tracy. Alvera worked as a sales clerk for the J C Penney Co. in Columbia, SC, Redwood Falls, Appleton, and Tracy, and in the later years, at Kirkpatrick’s Variety and Ben Franklin in Tracy. Always devoted to her family and to her Lord, Alvera will be greatly missed.
Alvera died on Sunday, April 15, 2007 at Morningside Heights Care Center in Marshall, MN.
She is survived by her children, Durwood (Doris) Lamprecht of Brownton, MN; Carol Gannon of Urbandale, IA; John (Paula) Lamprecht of Wichita, KS; and Bruce (Vicki) Lamprecht of Marshall, MN; sisters, Geraldine (Fred) Mueller of Rapid City, SD and Marcella (Bruce) Kirkpatrick of Minnetonka, MN; and by 11 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hilco; her sister Evelyn (Mrs. Charles Lossow); her brother Marvin Kemnitz; a grandson Rex Lamprecht; and sons-in-law Kenneth Johnson and Thomas Gannon.
Alvera has requested that memorial gifts be given to the radio and various ministries of Tracy Lutheran Church.