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Obituaries from the week of Deceber 5, 2007

John Labat, 85
John P. Labat, 85, of Marshall, formerly of rural Milroy, passed away on November 29, 2007 at Morningside Heights Care Center in Marshall, MN surrounded by his wife and family members. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, December 3, 2007 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Milroy, MN at 10:30 a.m.
John was born on April 3, 1922 on the family farm in Clifton Township to Arthur and Cantellies (Coone) Labat. He attended District 42 country school in Lyon County. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Milroy. He grew up working on the family farm and then enlisted in the Army in 1944. He proudly served his country during and after World War II. After returning from active duty in Europe, he was joined in marriage to Doris VanOverbeke on August 23, 1950 at St. Clotilde’s Catholic Church in Green Valley, MN. John and Doris lived on the family farm in the rural Milroy area where they raised their family of seven children. John was passionate about raising cattle and the way he farmed his land. He retired from farming in 1993. In addition to farming, John served on the Lyon County ASCS committee. John was considered a local pioneer in the art of moving buildings and he also did many jobs with his small Caterpillar and gravel truck. Once retired, John and Doris moved off the farm to a home in the area and then into an apartment in Marshall where he resided until his death.
John was very active in the Milroy community, serving on a number of local business (board of directors) including the Co-op Creamery and Elevator. He was Past Commander and 50 year member of the American Legion Post 274. He was also a life long member of St. Michaels Catholic Church in Milroy. John was elected to serve on the Redwood Electric Association board of directors from 1990 to 2005. Most recently, John volunteered his time at the Marshall Senior Center preparing and delivering meals to the homebound.
John also enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and Europe. While traveling in Europe, he visited relatives and located the birth place of his parents. John spoke fluent Flemish and enjoyed speaking the language whenever the opportunity presented itself. His hobbies included attending academic, sporting, drama and music activities that his children and grandchildren participated in. He enjoyed playing rolle bolle, dancing, watching Twins baseball games, fishing, reminiscing and especially playing cards with friends at the senior center.
John is survived by his wife, Doris of Marshall, MN; and their children: Beverly (Ron) Petersen, Sleepy Eye, MN; David (Jodi) Labat, Cottonwood, AZ; John (Lynn) Labat, Milroy, MN; Julie (Alan) Macht, Marshall, MN; Dan Labat, Detroit Lakes, MN; and Laurie (Jim) Allex, St. Cloud, MN. He cherished the time he spent with his numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; his firstborn son, Steven; his brother Peter, and sisters Elsie, Mary and Julia.
John was a loving husband, strong role model to his children and friend to many. Our cherished memories include his hearty laugh, family camping trips, dancing the polka, his good nature and his ability to converse with anyone…John will be missed by all who knew him and loved him.
Interment was in St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery. The Redwood Valley Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Avalon Lia Christopherson
A memorial service is planned Saturday, Dec. 8, for Avalon Lia Christopherson, infant daughter of Michael and Daisy Christopherson of Northfield.
Avalon Lia was born Nov. 28 in Northfield.
Grandparents are Seth and Betsy Schmidt of Tracy, MN, and Jim and Carol Christopherson of Hutchinson.
The service will be at the First United Church of Christ in Northfield at 3:00 p.m.  Memorials are preferred to the Infants Remembered In Silence (IRIS) organization of Faribault.
Mildred Wendorff, 95
Funeral services were held for Mildred Wendorff age 95 of Tracy, MN on Monday, December 3, 2007 at the Congregational Church in Garvin, MN
Mildred Gwen Wendorff was born September 10, 1912 to John and Annable (Killius) Albee on the family farm in Sodus Township, Lyon County, MN. She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith and attended country school near Amiret, MN. Following her graduation from high school in Amiret, Mildred then attended Teachers College in Madison, SD for a year. She then taught country school near Arco, MN for a couple years.
On January 8, 1936 Mildred married J. Wilford Wendorff at her grandparents’ farm south of Marshall, MN. They made their home on a farm west of Marshall until 1941 when they moved to a farm southwest of Garvin, MN. In 1967 they moved into Tracy, MN and following her husband’s death in 1975, Mildred moved into the Twin Circle Apartments in Tracy.
Over the years Mildred worked for the JC Penney’s Store in Tracy and volunteered many hours to the Clothing Center in Tracy. She was a member of the Garvin Congregational Church, where she was very active in the church women’s groups, Ladies Aid, and served as a Sunday School teacher for many years. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, sewing stuffed animals for her grandchildren and quilting, which she made one for every member of her family. She will be lovingly remembered by her family for her strong faith in her Lord and nurturing of that faith in all of them.
In 1998 Mildred became a resident of the Prairie View Healthcare Center in Tracy, where she died Friday, November 30, 2007, surrounded by her loving family, at the age of 95.
Mildred is survived by her two sons, Robert (Joyce) Wendorff of Marshall, MN and Darrell (Linda) Wendorff of Tracy, MN; three daughters, Beverly (Curt) Wixon of Lake City, FL, Janice LaJoie of Sioux Falls, SD and Carol (Bill) Radtke of Vesta, MN; fifteen grandchildren; thirty three great grandchildren; five great great grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Elaine Kronke of Marshall, MN, Vera Wendorff of Tracy, MN and Carrie Albee of Marshall, MN; nieces, nephews and many friends.
Her husband, Wilford, parents, one son-in-law, Gary LaJoie, two brothers, Oliver and Lloyd, two sisters, June McDonald and Viola Wendorff and one infant sister, preceded her in death.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials by given to the Congregational Church in Garvin, MN.
Interment was at the Bethel Cemetery, rural Garvin, MN. The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy handled the arrangements.