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Obituaries from the week of October 10, 2007

June Brockway, 89

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, October  9, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy for June Brockway of Tracy, MN.
June A. Brockway was born June 13, 1918 to Joseph and Hannah (Moat) Lord in Tracy, MN.  She attended District #22 Country School and graduated from Tracy High School in 1936.  June attended Tracy High School at a time when it was difficult for someone living in the country to attend school because there was no convenient transportation.  So that she could attend school, June lived with the Robinson family in the City of Tracy during the school week in exchange for house keeping services.  During high school she was active in declam (speech) and played violin.
On October 8, 1941 June married Howard Brockway at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy.  They farmed near Balaton, Walnut Grove, and Milroy.  After Howard’s death in 1992, she moved to Tracy.  June was an active member of her community right up until she fell ill with pneumonia in August.  In addition to raising her children June was a 4-H adult leader, a cooking instructor in Redwood County extension, a member of Catholic Daughters, participated in St. Mary’s Mission Group, and was active in Church Guild at both Tracy and Milroy parishes.
In her later years, June enjoyed playing cards with her friends, watching her grandchildren grow and learn, and was an avid sports fan.  She also got great pleasure out of seeing that her grandchildren and others around her were well fed.  June often put the needs of others before her own, visiting the sick, providing communion to those in the nursing home and hospital, volunteered at the Tracy Food Shelf, and delivering meals on wheels.  She was someone that was loyal to her friends, fun to be around, and there to support them in a time of need.  She provided us all an example of how to live unselfishly and give to others.  She will be missed.
On Friday, October 5, 2007 June died at the Sanford-Sioux Valley Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD at the age of 89.
June is survived by her one daughter, Barbara Brockway of Shoreview, MN; four sons, William (Kathy) of Tracy, MN, George (Charlyne) of Fulda, MN, Bruce (Becky) of San Antonio, TX and Brian (Marina) of Shoreview, MN; 18 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Her husband, Howard, parents, three brothers, Ken, Vincent and William, along with their wives, one sister, Yvonne DeCramer and her husband preceded her in death.
Interment was in Calvary Cemetery, Tracy, MN with the Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy handling the arrangements.
Ella McChesney, 96
Memorial services are scheduled for 2:00 P.M. Sunday, October 14, 2007 at the Hamilton Funeral Home for Ella McChesney of Marshall.  Burial will be prior to the service in the Marshall Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Hamilton Funeral Home.
Ella Clara Ford was born March 22, 1911 in Reynold’s Station, Kentucky to Walter W. and Martha Mae (Knott) Ford.  She was baptized at the Evangelical Church in Marshall in 1929, Ella graduated from Marshall High School and then went on to graduate from teacher’s training in Tracy, MN.  She taught in country schools throughout Lyon County.
On May 28, 1938, Ella was married to Clifford McChesney at the Evangelical Church in Marshall.  The couple remained in Marshall there after.  Ella was a faithful member of Albright United Methodist Church.
Ella passed away at the Morningside Heights Care Center on October 4, 2007, at the age of 96 years, 6 months, and 12 days.
Ella is survived by her children, Mary McChesney of Marshall and Sharon (and Richard) Miller of Hutto, Texas; a grandson, Brighton Miller; siblings, Betty Pyle of California, Roxanne Seymore of Oregon, and Phyllis Schmidt of Alexandria, MN; sisters-in-law, Ruth McChesney of Marshall and Pat McChesney of White Bear Lake; as well as many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford; parents; four brothers, William, Harold Duke, and Dick; and two sisters, Helen Dinwiddie and Catherine Webb.
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