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Obituaries from the week of October 17, 2007

Viona Foster, age 90,  of Tracy (formerly of Walnut Grove) died Monday at Fairview University Hospital in Minneapolis.
Funeral arrangements are pending with the Walnut Grove Funeral Home.
Colette Schmidt, 70
  Memorial services were held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Currie for Colette Schmidt on Wednesday, October 10, 2007.  Fr. Bob Horihan officiated.  The organist was Patty LeClaire with special music by Kathy Jo Johns and the Immaculate Heart of Mary Choir.  
 The pallbearers were her grandsons, Michael F. Peschges, Perne R. Struchen, Travis W. Schwarz, Tanner J. Struchen, Cole A. DeGreeff, Luke S. Johnson, Nicholas A. Lensing, and Paul W. Schmidt.
Colette Schmidt was born on September 25, 1937 in Currie, Minnesota to Perne B. and Bernice Lynch Silvernale.  She grew up in Currie and graduated from Immaculate Heart of Mary High School.  Following high school Colette attended Minneapolis Business College.  Colette then worked in Washington, DC for two years. 
On August 30, 1958 she and Jerry Peschges were married at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Currie.  Following their marriage they farmed north of Currie.  In 1962 they moved in to Currie.  In 1968 they bought and operated the Ma-Pa-Loma Lanes until 1983.  Colette worked at the Currie State Bank for 42 years.  Jerry passed away in April 1990. 
On December 27, 1991 she and Paul H. Schmidt of Sleepy Eye were married at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.  They made their home in Currie during the summer and wintered in Mesa, AZ. Colette retired from the bank in September 1999 but remained on the Board of Directors. 
Colette passed away on October 7, 2007 at the Rochester Methodist Hospital in Rochester, MN at the age of 70. 
She was an active member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and the Catholic Daughters of America.  Colette was president, past president, treasurer and secretary of the Winona Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (WCCW).  She was awarded the Bishop Catholic Action Medal for her many years of dedicated service to the church.  Colette served on the Murray County Hospice Board, Murray County Hospital Board, and the Currie Town and Country Board.  She enjoyed spending time with her family, reading, golfing and the sunshine immensely.
Survivors include her husband, Paul H. Schmidt of Currie, MN, five children and their spouses, Michael Peschges of Currie, MN, Renee and Doug Rehnelt of Currie, MN, Shannon and Don Struchen of Webster City, IA, Ramona and Carl Lindberg of Slayton, MN, and Brenda Johnson of Slayton, MN, 14 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, three step-children and their spouse, Jeri and Jerome Lensing, of Rochester, MN, Jeffery Schmidt of Denver, CO, and Scott and Deanna Schmidt of St. Michael, MN, six step-grandchildren, her mother, Bernice Reiter of Tracy, MN, one brother, Sherwood Silvernale and his wife, Jeanette of Currie, MN, and one sister, Aljean Ackerman  and her husband, Robert of Mankato, MN. 
She is preceded in death by her father, Perne, first husband, Jerry Peschges, infant daughter, Mary Alice Peschges, and two brothers, James and Perne A. (Tack) Silvernale.
Interment was at Calvary Cemetery Currie, MN.   sign guestbook and send condolences online at  Family prefers memorials to American Cancer Society or Murray County Hospice. 
Arnold Wyffels, 83
Arnold “Arnie” James Wyffels, of Motley, died October 9, 2007 at his home.  Funeral services were held on Saturday, October 13, 2007 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Motley with Monsignor Robert Wyffels and Peter Kirchner officiating
Arnold was born on May 21, 1924, to August and Anna (Rykhus) Wyffels in Marshall, MN.  He attended school at Marshall and graduated with the class of 1942.
He was united in marriage to Evangeline Dubbeldee in Tyler, MN in November of 1946.  He was a self-employed farmer/rancher and lived at Marshall and Tracy and eventually establishing his home in Motley.
He served as the Director of the Lyon Co. School Board Dist. 97; Director of Farmers Oil - Balaton; Director Farmers Elevator (Tracy), Director Minnesota Cattelmen’s Association (Pequot Lakes) and was the recipient of the “Minnesota Outstanding Cattlemen’s Award” in 1977; and a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Motley.  He collected miniature farm machinery.
Arnold is survived by his children, Michael of Pine River, LeeAllen (Renee) of Defiance, MO, Rosemary (Michael) Slack, MI, Roberta Eichenbaum of Charlotte, NC, Rebecca Van Vickle (Lamont Peterson) of Pine River, MN, John (Stephanie) of Colorado Springs, CO, William “Bill” (Bianca) of Pillager, Jane (Scott) Mellenthin, of Marshall, Peter (Sherry) of Litchfield; 20 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one sister, Patricia (Paul) Julsrud of Rochester.
He was preceded in death by his son Patrick; grandson Blake; parents and sister, Dorothy Tillemans.
Interment was at the Motley Public Cemetery with the Brenny Funeral Home of Staples handling the arrangements.
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