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Obituaries from the week of December 26, 2007

Kim Daniels, 52
Funeral services were held Friday, December 21, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Montevideo for Kim Daniels. Rev. Paul Woolverton officiated the service. Debra Lee Fader was soloist accompanied by Barb Morseth. A piano solo was by Michaela DeVetter.
Casketbearers were Chuck and Sue DeVetter, Mike and Carol DeVetter, Mark DeVetter and Kim Mickelson, Paul and Tammy DeVetter
Kimby Elizabeth (DeVetter) Daniels was born July 24, 1955 at Tracy, MN the daughter of Charles and Sharon (Vershey) DeVetter. She graduated from Tracy High School in 1973 and then attended St. Cloud State University and Mankato State University. Kim was united in marriage with Steven Daniels on March 21, 1975 at Tracy, MN. They lived in Tracy before moving to Montevideo in 1981. They lived in Austin, MN from 1985-90 before returning to Montevideo.
Kim was popular in high school enjoying theater, the arts, music and school life in general. Throughout her life she continued to participate in these areas of interest at home, at work, and as a frequent volunteer. She particularly enjoyed working with and entertaining children. She focused her high energy, talent, and creativity on her husband, four children and two grandchildren. In her own written words recently found: “I took the wife and mother job and ran with it... I work so hard at being the best wife, mother, volunteer there ever was.” She leaves us many memories of children’s plays, puppet shows, and other volunteer roles. Many of her talents are displayed in seasonal wreaths hanging in homes, stain glass projects, banners in church, furniture and a variety of children’s things. Her interests also included reading, cooking, sewing, gardening, and decorating. Kim’s children and grandchildren were “the joy of my life”. She also enjoyed entertaining “with some flare” a large family including grandparents, parents, in-laws, brothers and spouses, nieces and nephews, her children and their partners and spouses, as well as friends. She loved them all. Kim chose employment outside her home different times in her life in a variety of positions and again “ran with it” utilizing her talents at each job and was appreciated by her peers. Throughout her life, her faith in God guided her to be the person she was. A frequent comment of Kim by family and friends is she was a very special person ... and she is!
Kim died Sunday, December 16, 2007 at the Chippewa County - Montevideo Hospital at the age of 52.
She is survived by her husband, Steve; four children: Hans (significant other Kristi Riskey) of Montevideo, MN, Eric (significant other Erin Frolander) of Anchorage, AK, Heidi (and Jason) Van Marel of Hutchinson, MN, and Kari Daniels of Montevideo, MN; two grandchildren: Katelyn and William Van Marel; four brothers: Charles II (and Susan) DeVetter of Council Bluffs, NE, Michael (and Carol) DeVetter of Minneapolis, MN, Mark DeVetter of St. Cloud, MN, and Paul (and Tammy) DeVetter of Lake Elmo, MN; her parents: Charles and Sharon DeVetter of Waterloo, NE; her maternal grandfather, Darold Weinberg of Currie, MN; and nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Preceding her in death were her paternal grandparents and maternal grandmother.
Interment was at the Tracy Cemetery.

Viola Werner, 87
Viola Dee Cope was born on October 24, 1920 at Fort Dodge, Iowa to James and Clara (Hansen) Cope. She lived in Minneota as a young child and graduated in 1938 from Minneota High School.
On July 30, 1940 she was united in marriage to Bud (Earl) Werner in Stewartville, Iowa.
They lived in Tracy for approximately 30 years. Vi worked at several shops, including Vahle Shoe Store, Rignell Hardware, Graham Clothing Store. She also sold Avon and Beauty Counselor. Bud managed the golf course and Vi managed Bud.
In 1972 they moved to Minneota where they built a house and a home. She resided in her green house until 2005 when she went to live with her daughter. In 2006 she moved to Morningside Heights in Marshall.
She enjoyed gardening (her flowers were beautiful and she could grow any thing), reading her Bible, crossword puzzles, dancing, playing cards and playing Candyland when her grandchildren were little.
By far her most enjoyable past time was spending time with her grandchildren – Tracy, Wendy, Trevor, Megan and Aubrey – they made her eyes sparkle and her heart warm. She also loved her children very dearly and always told them so.
She was a caring friend and made people smile with her compliments and witty humorous remarks.
Megan, Michelle, Mary Jane and Lorraine visited faithfully. They always enjoyed their times together. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.
Bud died in 1985 and in 1995 Vi met a special friend Ralph Van Moorlehem and he remained dear to her until his death in December 2006.
Viola passed away December 21, 2007 at Morningside Heights in Marshall at the age of 87 years old.
She is survived by her daughter, Kathy (Mrs. Kevin Schultz) of Marshall and her grandchildren Tracy, Wendy, Trevor, and Megan and also one great granddaughter, Aubrey; two sisters-in-law, Mary Ann Cope and Dill Drevor; and one brother-in-law, Donny Werner.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bud; Son, Jack who died in 1977; also an infant son, Michael.
She had one brother, Reed Cope and one sister, Betty Henle proceed her in death. Also her sister-in-law Ruth Gordon and 2 brothers-in-law, Marvin Gordon and Harold Drevor.
Services were held December 24, 2007 at Hamilton-Birk Funeral Home. We will love her forever