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Obituaries from the week of September 5, 2007

Lucille Beens, 91

Lucille Beens age 91 of Walnut Grove, passed away Saturday, September 1, 2007 at the Marshall Hospice House. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11:00 a.m. today, Wednesday, September 5, 2007 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Walnut Grove. Lucille Beens was born June 25, 1916 to Albert and Hattie (Olson) Carlson in Johnsonville Township, Redwood County, Minnesota. She attended country school district #19, and Walnut Grove High School graduating in 1933.

On March 31, 1937, Lucille was united in marriage to Arnold Beens at St. Paul Catholic Church in Walnut Grove. Together the couple lived and farmed in Springdale Township, Redwood County, MN until Arnold’s death in 1971. Lucille moved to town in 1974 where she has resided until entering the Hospice House. Lucille worked at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum for many years. She was a longtime member of St. Paul Catholic Church where she served on the CCW. Lucille enjoyed crocheting, reading, playing “Wahoo” and doing crossword puzzles. She also enjoyed listening to the news, and working outside in the lawn and garden. Lucille loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Lucille is survived by her three sons: Carroll Beens and wife Carol of Tracy, Ron Beens and wife Karla of Walnut Grove and Brian Beens of Wabasso; 9 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

Preceding her in death are her parents, husband Arnold, five brothers and one sister.

Interment was in the Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Walnut Grove. The Walnut Grove Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Katherine Pommier, 80

Funeral services were held for Katherine Pommier at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Currie, MN on Tuesday, September 4, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. Robert Horihan officiating. The organist was Patty LeClair. The song leader was Caroline Przymus. The pallbearers were Rob Heidbrink, Bill Jensen, Tim Rignell, Tom Byrne, Bob Heidbrink, and Chad Przymus. Interment at Calvary Cemetery, Currie, MN.

Katie Pommier was born on June 2, 1927 in Delft, Minnesota to William I. and Elizabeth Bargain Pattinson. In 1930 the family moved to Currie, MN. Katie graduated from Tracy High School in 1946.

On May 7, 1946 she and Duane (Pudgy) Pommier were married at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Currie. Following their marriage they made their home in Currie and raised their two children. Pudgy and Katie spent many winters in Arizona. Pudgy passed away on August 29, 1989. Katie remained in their home.

Katie passed away on August 31, 2007 at the Murray County Hospital in Slayton, MN at the age of 80. She attended Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Currie. Katie enjoyed bowling, dancing, and animals. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, and her many friends.

Survivors include her daughter, Suann Shelleny and her husband, Edward of Apple Valley, MN, two grandchildren, Rob Heidbrink, and Chassidie Pommier, one brother, William J. (Bill) Pattinson and his wife, Pat of Currie, MN, one sister, Dorothy Jensen of Slayton, MN.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Duane, one son, Scott Pommier, infant daughter, Mary Elizabeth Pommier, and one sister, Marjorie Eimerbrink.

Totzke Funeral Home in Slayton handled the arrangements. Sign guestbook and send condolences online at

Lowell Schmiesing, 85

Lowell F. Schmiesing, age 85 of rural Lucan, died Thursday, August 30, 2007 in his home. Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, September 8, 2007 in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Marshall with burial in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Johnsonville Township, Redwood County, Minnesota. Visitation will be held from 5 until 8:00 P.M. Friday September 7, 2007 in the Sunset Funeral Home in Wabasso and continue Saturday one hour prior to services in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Marshall. There will be a prayer service Friday evening at 7:30 P.M. in the funeral home in Wabasso.

Lowell was born on May 15, 1922 to George and Augusta (Radtke) Schmiesing on the same farm where he resided his entire life. He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church, Johnsonville Twp., Lucan. He attended grade school at District #113 which was located directly north of Johnsonville Twp. Cemetery. He graduated from Wabasso High school in 1940. On June 26th, 1948, he and Marjorie Maas were united in marriage.

Lowell had been a member of the Lucan School Board, serving as treasurer for several years. He also served several years on the Farmer’s Home Administration board. While a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Johnsonville Twp., he taught Sunday School and held various offices including president, treasurer, elder, and trustee and was a Luther League advisor.

Farming the soil had been his livelihood and it was his hobby during his retirement years. His big vegetable gardens were always pristine and he shared the produce with family and friends. Lowell loved all water sports including fishing, boating and swimming, and water-skied yet at age 75. He taught his family the art of catching and filleting fish and enjoyed the “fish fries” later.

Lowell is survived by his wife, Marjorie, a sister Lorene Rasmussen of Wabasso, and four children, James (Rose Marie) of rural Lucan, Gail (Larry) Murphy of Marshall, Daniel of rural Walnut Grove, and Rodney of rural Lucan; 10 grandchildren, Angela (SeanDavid) Doyle, Mark (Suzanne) Schmiesing, Melanie (Chad) McDonald, Melissa (Dustin) Showers, Nicole (John) Deprez, Mike (Randi) Murphy, Stacy Schmiesing and special friend Cory, Michelle (Don) Deutschlander, Brandon Schmiesing and special friend Miranda, and Brittany Schmiesing. He is also survived by 17 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Louis, and a sister Leona.

Arrangements are being handled by the Sunset Funeral and Cremation Association of Echo and Wabasso.