Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 28, 2007 at Faith Lutheran
Church in Avoca for Phyllis Holmberg. Rev. Ted Kunze officiated. Nancy
Lee Pierson was organist with special music by Charity Helleson and Paul
Pallbearers were Lee Holmberg, Stan Larson, Rodney Wilkison, Randy Olson,
Jerry Holmberg and Harvey Larson.
Phyllis Holmberg was born on July 9, 1926 in Worthington, Minnesota to
Carl and Ann Lindberg Olson. She grew up on farms in the Worthington,
Dundee, and Avoca areas. Phyllis graduated from Slayton High School in
1943. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.
On January 8, 1946 she and Leland Holmberg were married at Lime Lake Lutheran
Church. Together they farmed in Lime Lake Twp. near Avoca for 53 years
and raised their three children. Phyllis also was a Tupperware sales lady
for 40 years. After they retired they remained on the farm until 1999
when they moved to Fulda. Leland passed away on December 26, 1999. Phyllis
continued living in Fulda and later moved to Slayton, and then Tracy.
In 2006 Phyllis moved to Walnut Grove, MN.
Phyllis passed away on April 24, 2007 at the Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux
Falls, SD at the age of 80.
She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Avoca and was active in many
church activities including Sunday School Treasurer, Sunday School Teacher
and the WELCA group. Phyllis was a 4-H leader, a member of the Extension
Club, Murray County Pork Producers, and the Lime Lake Farm Bureau Unit.
Phyllis enjoyed spending time with her family, knitting, and visiting
with her many friends. Phyllis knitted many mementos for her children,
grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include her three children and their spouses: Sheila and Richard
Helleson of Tracy, MN, Michael and Sally Holmberg of Pleasant Hill, IA,
and Gail and Tom Pecht of Des Moines, IA, five grandchildren, Cheryl and
Denny McDonnell, Jennifer and John Anderson, Daniel and Joalle Holmberg,
Wade and Charity Helleson and Michael James Holmberg and his partner,
Trisha Grubb, seven great-grandchildren, Tyler, Cadence, David, Bridge,
Alison, Sarah, and Samuel, four sisters, Kathleen Wilkison of Garvin,
MN, Joyce Larson of Slayton, MN, Mariett Wahl of Burbank, CA, Donna Lange
and her husband, Milen, of Slayton, MN, and one brother, Gary Olson and
his wife, Lucille, of Slayton, MN.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Leland and one great-granddaughter,
Interment was at Slayton Memorial Gardens, Slayton, MN with the Totzke
Funeral Home of Slayton handling the arrangements. Sign guestbook and
send condolences online at totzkefuneralhome.com.
Pearl Ohman , 94
Pearl Marian Ohman age 94 of Tracy passed on to her Lord’s home
on Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at the Prairie View Healthcare Center in
Tracy. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 30, 2007
at the United Methodist Church in Tracy. Interment was in the Tracy Cemetery.
Casketbearers were David Ohman, Lance Moon, Brenden Klein, Matt Klein,
Howard Walther and Duane Walther.
Pearl was born May 19, 1912 in Butterfield, MN to Charles and Josie (Jorsted)
Klein. She was the oldest of five children. When Pearl was 11 years old,
the family moved to Currie, MN where her father was employed by the railroad.
Pearl started working at an early age, cleaning for several ladies and
later working the soda fountain at the Currie Drug Store. At the age of
18, Pearl moved to Tracy and got a job at Trosin’s Restaurant across
the alley from the Ohman Furniture Store. That is how she met and fell
in love with Donald Ohman.
On January 11, 1932 Pearl and Donald were married. To this union, two
children were born, Morris and Jean. Donald died in 1957. Pearl and Morris
operated the furniture business until they closed the store and retired
in 1988. Pearl was very active in her church and community. She belonged
to the United Methodist Women, the Tracy Nursing Home Auxiliary, Prime
Timers, The Golden Age Club and many different card clubs over the years.
Playing cards was her favorite pastime. Pearl volunteered at Wheels Across
the Prairie and at the local food shelf. She always enjoyed being at the
senior center and volunteering there. Pearl also loved to travel, and
made it to 48 of our United States. Most of her trips were with her very
close sister in law Leona Ingalls. Pearl loved to bake and was known for
her special Lemon Pie. She was also known as the “Banana Bread Lady”
as she made and shared her bread with many people in town. Pearl was a
very caring lady and will be missed by all that knew her.
Pearl Ohman is survived by her two children: Morris Ohman and wife Virginia
of Redwood Falls, and Jean Moon and husband Dwight of St. Francis; four
grandchildren: Maurel (Deb) Ohman of Tracy, David Ohman of Tracy, Lance
(Michelle) Moon of Andover, and Karin Wald of Hinckley; five great granddaughters:
Jacqueline Dyer, Jessica Wald, Stephanie and Elizabeth Moon, and Melissa
Ohman; and a great great grandson Hyden Daniel Ohman. She was preceded
in death by her parents, husband Donald, brother Earl Klein, and sisters:
Opal Swanbeck, Charlotte Walther and Gladys Scudder.
Memorials are requested to the Tracy United Methodist Church. Funeral
arrangements are with the Tracy Area Funeral Home.
Mabel Naylor, 88
Mabel Jennie Naylor, age 88 of Morning Sun, IA died Saturday, April 28,
2007 at Morning Sun. The funeral service was held today, Wednesday, May
2, 2007 at the Sharon Reformed Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Ronald Good
The daughter of Peter and Annie (Loaf) Lingbeck, she was born January
10, 1919 at McCook County, South Dakota. She moved to Monroe, South Dakota
with her family at the age of two. She was a graduate of the Monroe High
School. She received her two year teaching degree in 1939 at Madison College,
now known as Dakota State University. She taught in rural schools until
she returned to college and received her four year BA degree in 1946.
She moved to Tracy, MN and taught elementary school for 34 years. In 1980,
she married Rev. Harlan Henry Naylor at Morning Sun. Rev. Naylor died
in October of 1999. She was a member of the Sharon Reformed Presbyterian
Church and a member of the Morning Sun Lioness Club.
She is survived by one brother Francis and one sister Esther; step sons,
Harlan H. Naylor, Jr. and J. Timothy Naylor and his wife Wendy; one granddaughter
Bethany; several nieces and nephews.
Interment was in the Elmwood Cemetery at Morning Sun with the Hagele and
Honts Funeral Home of Morning Sun handling the arrangements.
Charles Mitchell, 72
Charles A. Mitchell age 72 of Manhattan, MT died Sunday, April 29, 2007
at his home. Services will be 1:00 PM Friday, May 4, 2007 at the Tracy
United Methodist Church in Tracy, MN. Visitation will be from 10:00 AM
Friday until the time of service at the church. Interment will be following
the luncheon at the Amiret Township Cemetery, rural Amiret, MN. The Almlie
Funeral Home of Tracy is handling the arrangements.
Charles Alton Mitchell was born October 29, 1934 to George and Hazel Mitchell
in Tracy, Minnesota. He attended Tracy Public Schools and graduated from
Tracy High School in 1952, where he was captain of his football team and
two time runner-up state wrestling champion as a heavyweight. After high
school Charles enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps in March of 1953. He
served over seas in the Korean War and was honorably discharged in March
On November 7, 1959 Charles married Alice Woods and they made their home
in Tracy. Following his return from the military Charles began working
for the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad. He held several positions
within the railroad, such as, brakeman, train master and retired after
forty years as a conductor. Over the years Charles and his family moved
to many communities where the railroad sent him. Upon his retirement he
settled in Manhattan, MT, where he lived until his death.
Charles was a past member of the Tracy American Legion and was a current
member of the Manhattan American Legion. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards,
spending time with his family and friends, but really enjoyed his grandchildren
and the neighborhood children where he lived.
On Sunday, April 29, 2007 Charles died at his home in Manhattan, MT at
the age of 72.
Charles is survived by his three sons, Christopher (Yinara) Mitchell of
Lakeville, MN, Thomas Mitchell of Manhattan, MT and Andrew (Debra) Mitchell
of Belgrade, MT; one daughter, Molly (Mark) Gilbertson of Medford, MN;
ten grandchildren; two sisters, Jean Hagen of Medford, MN and Shirley
Matson of Currie, MN; and many friends.
His parents, one son, Michael, and one infant brother, Bobby, preceded
him in death.
Cecil Wright, 89
Cecil Anthony Wright age 89, formerly of Tracy, MN died Thursday, March
22, 2007 at the Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes, MN. A memorial
service will be held at 7:00 PM Friday, May 4, 2007 at the Almlie Funeral
Home in Tracy. Visitation will be from 5:00 PM until the time of service
on Friday evening. Interment will be at the Wright Cemetery near Buffalo,
MN on Saturday, May 5, 2007. The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy is handling
Cecil A. Wright was born September 2, 1918 to Clive and Julia (Bassett)
Wright in Buffalo, MN, Wright County. He was baptized and confirmed in
the Christian faith and attended school in the Buffalo area. Cecil served
in the U. S. Navy during World War II and after his honorable discharge,
he returned to Minnesota.
On July 2, 1942 Cecil married Dorothy Almquist in Sisseton, SD. They made
their home in several Minnesota communities over the years, such as, Buffalo,
Minneapolis, Minnetonka, Belle Plain, Delano and Elk River. He was employed
as a welder and a metal fabricator for most of his life. He enjoyed fishing,
hunting, traveling, wood-working and Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
After his wife’s death he became a resident of the Tracy Nursing
Home and later moved to the Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes, MN,
where he died Thursday, March 22, 2007 at the age of 89.
Cecil is survived by his one son, Roger and Sylvia (Radke) Wright of Detroit
Lakes, MN; six grandchildren, Victoria Wright, Christine Wright, Catherine
(Philip) Reiter, Cory (Melissa) Wright, Ronald (Sherry) Wright and Robert
Wright; two great grandchildren, Kyle (Angie) Fjare and Nicole Reiter;
one great great granddaughter, Alexa Fjare; one sister, Loretta Stiles;
two brothers, Michael (Anita) Wright and Clive Wright Jr.; nieces, nephews
His parents and his wife, Dorothy, preceded him in death.