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Obituaries from the week of March 5, 2008

Heye Lamfers, 92
Heye B. Lamfers, age 92 of Tracy, formerly of Amiret, passed away on Wednesday, February 27th, 2008 at the Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, March 3rd at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy.
Heye B. Lamfers was born September 8, 1915 in Mountain Lake, Minnesota to Benjamin and Gazena (Schmidt) Lamfers. He attended country school District 47 and 15 near Mountain Lake. He then attended one year of high school in Mountain Lake.
After his schooling, Heye was united in marriage to Virginia Lenertz on October 8, 1940 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy. Heye farmed all of his life. The couple lived on his father’s farm near Mountain Lake until 1943, when they moved to a farm place near Amiret. They then moved north of Tracy in 1949. Heye and Virginia moved back to the Amiret area in 1951 where they resided until 2002. Heye retired from farming in 1977. The couple moved to Tracy on August 3, 2002 where they have resided since.
Heye was a longtime member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church where he was a charter member of the Knights of Columbus in 1953, and served on the Holy Name Society. Heye was a township member of the ASC, and was a member of the Tracy Ambulance Board. He loved playing horseshoes, fishing, hunting and trapping. He enjoyed going on bus tours, camping, dancing, and playing cards – especially pinocle. Heye also enjoyed his cats on the farm.
Heye is survived by his wife Virginia of 67 years; son Mike Lamfers and his significant other Darles Schwartz of Amiret; grandchildren: Stacy Lamfers-Holbrook and husband Jay of St. Bonifacius, Christopher Heye Lamfers of Currie, and Benjamin J. Lamfers of Currie; great-grandchildren: Hannah, Will, and Ellie Holbrook, JaRae and Skyla Heye Lamfers; sister Martha Lindquist of St. James; sisters-in-law: Alita Lenertz and Sally Lamfers; brother-in-law Pete Lenertz; and numerous other relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, infant son Edwin Peter in 1943, infant grandson Joseph Lamfers, grandson Willie Lamfers, brothers: John, Daniel and Paul, and sisters: Hattie Bettin and Minnie Elsing.
Interment was in the Amiret Cemetery. Email condolences may be sent via The Tracy Area Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Evelyn Shoeman, 95
Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 23, 2008 at the Almlie Funeral Home in Tracy for Evelyn M. Shoeman of Tracy.
Evelyn M. Shoeman was born May 23, 1912 to Dr. Don and Vera (Edwards) Casselman in Tracy, MN. She was baptized and confirmed in the Tracy Presbyterian Church and attended Tracy Public Schools, graduating from Tracy High School in 1929. She then attended Mankato State Teachers College and the University of Minnesota, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1933.
On April 17, 1937 Evelyn married Lawrence Shoeman in Tracy, where they made their home for a short time. After her husband’s return from military service they then moved to Tucson, AZ where they lived for eleven years. During that time Evelyn attended graduate school at the University of Arizona in Library Science. They returned to Tracy in the late 1950’s so that Evelyn could care for her mother, who was paralyzed in an accident.
Over the years Evelyn was very active in her church, as a life long member of the Tracy Presbyterian Church, where she was a Sunday School Teacher and a member of the Churches Women’s Association. She also was active in her community, as a Girl Scout Leader, member of the Order of the Eastern Star-Virginia Chapter, member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), and volunteered at various libraries in the Tracy area. Evelyn enjoyed antique collecting and spending time with her family.
In December of 2006 Evelyn became a resident of the Prairie View Healthcare Center in Tracy, where she died Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at the age of 95.
Evelyn is survived by her one son, Don (Janice) Shoeman of Tracy, MN; one daughter, Kathleen (Bill) Ivatts of Sharon, MA; two granddaughters, Anna (Alberto) Amezcua and Laura (Paul) Brinkman; three great grandchildren, Rachel Evelyn and Rebekah Rose Brinkman and Rudolfo J. Amezcua; nieces, nephews and cousins.
Her husband, Lawrence, one infant daughter, parents, and one sister, Genevieve Derrick preceded her in death.
Interment will be in the Spring of 2008 at the Tracy City Cemetery. The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy handled the arrangements. Online condolences may be placed at

Larry Anderson, 69
Larry R. Anderson, age 69, of Mitchell, SD died Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at Avera McKennan Hospital. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 1, 2008 at Will Funeral Chapel in Mitchell, SD with burial at Graceland Cemetery.
Larry R. Anderson, son of Harold and Marian (Irwin) Anderson, was born February 5, 1939 in Mitchell, SD. He attended a country school and later completed 11th grade in Mitchell.
Larry was united in marriage with Janice Huber on June 4, 1960 in Alexandria, SD.
He entered the US Army on December 13, 1962 and served during the Vietnam War in Thailand until his honorable discharge on December 11, 1964 and returned to Mitchell.
Larry worked at D&L Implement for several years. Later he opened his own repair shop, Anderson Truck Repair, on the West Side of Mitchell. He was then a self employed gravel truck hauler until he retired in 2005. After retirement, Larry enjoyed wood working, camping, and spending time with family and friends.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Janice Anderson, Mitchell, SD; three children, Steve (Julie) Anderson, Mitchell, SD, Lori (Jeff) Alf, Tracy, MN, Becky Anderson, Doland, SD; six grandchildren, Dustin Schrank, Corsica, SD, Rob Schrank, Corsica, SD, Matt Schrank, Mitchell, SD, Brandi Anderson, Mitchell, SD, Kristi Anderson, Mitchell, SD, William Alf, Tracy, MN; a brother, Bill (Verna) Anderson, Mitchell, SD; a sister, Donna Van Overschelde, Mitchell, SD; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his son, Ronnie on November 19, 1998; his parents; two sisters, Darlene Koster and Delores Hoffman

Norma Traen, 72

Services for Norma Traen, age 72, of Taunton, MN were held Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, Taunton. Rehkamp-Horvath Funeral Services of Marshall handled the arrangements.
Norma Louise (Dardis) Traen was born on July 22, 1935, in Milroy to Charles and Gertrude (Molitor) Dardis. She attended school and graduated from Tracy High School in 1953. On June 18, 1960, Norma was united in marriage to Raymond Joseph Traen at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Currie. The couple made their home and raised their family in Taunton. Norma worked for many years as a Licensed Abstractor at Lyon County Abstract and Title in Marshall. She was very active at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Taunton and served in many capacities including as Secretary for the CCW, Eucharistic Minister, Usher and on Parish Council. Norma lead the rosary at the Minneota Manor and volunteered for other organizations including Birthright, One to One, 4-H and Meals on Wheels. She enjoyed attending Senior College in Marshall. She also enjoyed gardening, Extension, reading, cooking, spending time with friends and family and travelling throughout the United States and Ireland.
Norma died on Friday, February 29, 2008, near her home in Taunton. She is survived by children Sharon Traen (David Smith) of Maplewood, Betty (Tom) Swords of St. Paul, Carol (Greg) Kimlinger of White Bear Lake, Ken Traen of St. Paul and Michelle Traen of St. Paul, grandchildren Patrick, Daniel and Lauren Swords of St. Paul, Michael and Maria Kimlinger of White Bear Lake, siblings Alita Lenertz of Tracy, Nora (Bob) McCoy of Tracy, Linus (Theresa) Dardis of Fulda, Norbert (Delores) Dardis of St. Joseph, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Raymond, brother Donald and infant brother, Charles.

Shirley Buzzell, 81
Shirley A. Buzzell age 81 of Tracy, MN died Thursday, February 28, 2008 at the Augustana Apple Valley Healthcare Center in Apple Valley, MN. Funeral services were held today, Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at the Tracy Lutheran Church in Tracy, MN.
Shirley Ann Buzzell was born March 8, 1926 to Alfred F. and Ester (Thorson) Boline on a farm near Henning, MN, Ottertail County. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and attended Henning Public Schools. Her family moved into Henning her senior year, where she graduated from Henning High School in 1944. Shirley then attended St. Luke’s School of Nursing in Fargo, ND and she received her degree in nursing in 1947. She moved to Minneapolis soon after college and worked in Midway Hospital in St. Paul, MN and several other twin cities hospitals.
On February 23, 1952 Shirley married Charles I. Buzzell in Henning and they made their home in Tracy, MN. Shirley worked in the Tracy Hospital and as a substitute at the Tracy Clinic for a short time and then stayed home to raise her three daughters.
Shirley was a member of the Tracy Lutheran Church, where she had been active over the years as a Sunday School Teacher and in her bible study, circle, other women’s groups and quilting. She was also a member of the Eastern Star, Prime Timer’s, Investment Club, Luncheon Club and various Bridge Clubs. She also served as a Campfire Girls Leader for her daughters. Shirley also enjoyed playing cards, crocheting, sewing, knitting, reading, and was an avid Twins and Vikings fan.
In May of 2007 Shirley became a resident of the Valley View Manor in Lamberton, MN before moving to the Augustana Apple Valley Healthcare Center in Apple Valley, MN in October of 2007, where she died Thursday, February 28, 2008 at the age of 81.
Shirley is survived by her three daughters, Chris (Marvin) Mickelson of West Fargo, ND, Pat (Steve) Vickeman of Tracy, MN and Connie (Chuck) Hayes of Woodbury, MN; six grandchildren, Amanda Mickelson, Jason (Susan) Vickerman, Jessica (Greg) TeBrake, Kari (Nick) Taintor, Meredith (Mike) Hayes Gordon and Taylor Hayes; one great granddaughter, Anna Vickerman; two brothers, Ralph Boline of Anoka, MN and Jimmie Boline of Wausau, WI; two sisters-in-law, Nancy Boline of Jacksonville, FL and Sharon Boline of Wadena, MN; nieces, nephews and cousins.
Her husband, Charles, parents, three brothers, Charles, David and Donald and two sisters-in-law, Marlys and Barb preceded her in death.
Interment was in the Tracy City Cemetery. The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy is handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be placed at

Mildred Foster, 96
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 at the Almlie Funeral Home in Tracy for Mildred Foster, age 96 of Tracy.
Mildred Minnie Foster was born January 14, 1912 to George and Adelheid (Weber) Kosel on a farm near Sanborn, MN, Redwood County. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. At the age of five, Mildred lost her hearing and attended school at the Minnesota School for the Deaf in Faribault, MN.
On July 12, 1934 Mildred married William J. Foster at the Redman Farm, who were neighbors to his family farm. They made their home on the Foster farm until William’s death in 1982. Mildred then moved to the Twin Circle Apartments in Tracy. In 1993 she bought a home in Tracy and lived there until she became a resident of the Tracy Nursing Home in 2005.
Mildred enjoyed sewing, embroidery and crocheting. While on the farm she always raised ducks and geese and also enjoyed gardening. Mildred was a member of a group that consisted of other deaf individuals from around southwestern Minnesota that met on a regular basis.
In December of 2006 Mildred became a resident of the Prairie View Healthcare Center in Tracy where she died Friday, February 22, 2008 at the age of 96.
Mildred is survived by her one son, John Foster of Brooklyn Center, MN; two daughters, Min (Dick) Verstraete of Anaconda, MT and Ely (Howie) Greenman of Tracy, MN; eight grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; three sisters, Alveda Myhre of Hawick, MN, Ellen Glimpse of Moline, IL and Ila (Linus) Suess of Hector, MN; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Her parents, husband, William, daughter-in-law, Lorna Foster, two brothers, Leonard and Herb, four sisters, Dorothy, Lucinda, Henrietta and Ann, six brothers-in-law, and one sister-in-law preceded her in death.
Interment was at the Walnut Grove City Cemetery with a luncheon following at the Twin Circle Apartments social hall in Tracy. The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy handled the arrangements. Online condolences may be placed at