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Obituaries from the week of March 26, 2008

Alice Stone, 83
Funeral services were held Monday, March 17, 2008 at the Presbyterian Church in Tracy, MN for Alice Jean Stone.
Alice Jean Stone was born October 4, 1924 to George and Bertha (Finrud) Howe in Tracy, MN. She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith and attended Tracy Public Schools, graduating, as an honor student, from Tracy High School in 1942. She was chosen Miss Tracy of 1942 and crowned by Governor Harold Stassen. As a young woman she was employed as a secretary for the Tracy Produce Company until 1946.
On February 24, 1946 Alice married Galend Stone in Tracy and they made their home in Tracy. While in Tracy she was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, serving as secretary. Alice was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star, a Brownie Scout Leader and was active in various church activities. In 1957 they moved to Redwood Falls, MN where she continued to take an active role in her children’s activities in church, scouting and Jobs Daughters. Alice also worked part time at an accounting firm. They moved to Rochester, MN in 1965 and Alice went to work for the Weich-Selbaum & Associates, Architectural firm, where she remained until her retirement in 1980.
In 1987 Alice and her husband moved back to their Lake Shetek home near Tracy, where she continued to enjoy her hobbies of fishing, walking, reading, golfing and entertaining her family as often as she could. Alice was a member of the Tracy Presbyterian Church.
Alice and her husband moved into Tracy’s O’Brien Court Apartments in September of 2006 and in December of 2007 Alice became a resident of the Good Samaritan Home in Pipestone, MN where she died Wednesday, March 12, 2008 at the age of 83.
Alice is survived by her one son, Bill (Sue) Stone of Pipestone, MN; two daughters, Connie (Byron) Howard of Vancouver, WA and Gayla Stier of Grand Meadow, MN; seven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; one sister, Ardis Peterson of Rochester, MN; one sister-in-law, Dorothy Howe of Manly, IA; nieces and nephews.
Her husband, Galend, parents, one brother, Clarence Howe and one brother-in-law, Lee Peterson preceded her in death.
Interment was at the Tracy City Cemetery with the Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy handled the arrangements.
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Clifford Nelson, 82
Clifford N. Nelson age 82 of Tracy, MN died Thursday, March 13, 2008 at the Avera-McKennen Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. Services were held on Monday, March 17, 2008 at the Tracy Lutheran Church in Tracy, MN for Clifford N. Nelson
Clifford Nathan Nelson was born April 30, 1925 to Martin and Hazel (Anderson) Nelson in Tracy, MN, Lyon County. He was baptized and confirmed in the Hoiland Lutheran Church and grew up on a farm near Garvin, MN. Clifford attended country school and later, Tracy High School, graduating in 1943. As a young man he farmed with his family.
On September 6, 1957 Clifford married Laurel Mickelson at the Willow Lake Lutheran Church south of Tracy and they made their home on a farm south of Garvin, MN. Clifford farmed until his retirement and moved into Tracy.
He was a member of the Tracy Lutheran Church where he had been active for many years, serving as president of the Lutheran Brotherhood Fellowship, as member of the board of trustees, the board of Deacons, and usher for many years. He enjoyed following his children’s activities and high school sports, Minnesota Twins baseball, Vikings football, playing cards and sharing coffee with friends.
On Thursday, March 13, 2008 Clifford died, surrounded by his loving family, at the Avera-McKennen Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD at the age of 82.
Clifford is survived by his three sons, Tracy (Julie) Nelson of Farmington, MN, Torre (Denise) Nelson and Monte (Jerilyn) Nelson, both of Apple Valley, MN; two daughters, Jill (Tom) Hollingsworth of Benson, MN and Mary (Jerry) Entinger of Brandon, SD; fourteen grandchildren; one great granddaughter, Hailey Gladis; one sister, Sylvia Moline of Slayton, MN; one brother, Neil (Sharon) Nelson of Urbana, OH; two brothers-in-law, Charles Swan of Slayton, MN and Richard Light of Baxter, MN; nieces, nephews and cousins.
His parents, one brother, Milo Nelson, two sisters, Eunice Swan and LaVaughn Light, and one brother-in-law, Vincent Moline preceded him in death.
Interment was at the Hoiland Cemetery. The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy handled the arrangements. Online condolences may be placed at

Keith Stanton, 82
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Currie, MN for Keith Stanton.
Keith LaVerne Stanton was born November 9, 1925 to Henry Fleet and Sarah Kathryn (Tifft) Stanton in Huron, SD. He attended Huron Public Schools and graduated from Huron High School in 1943. Keith then enlisted in the U. S. Navy and attended Signal School at the University of Chicago. He was assigned to Armed Guard Pacific and served aboard the SS Pampero and the AV Cape St. Elias. He received his honorable discharge, at the rank of Signalman 3rd Class, in March of 1946 and returned home.
Keith then attended college, graduating from Valley City State Teachers College in 1950. He then taught school in Cave Junction, OR; Palmer, AK; Huron, SD and Tracy, MN. He taught in Tracy from 1957 until his retirement in June of 1990.
On June 6, 1953 Keith married Lillian Jeanne Pommier at the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Palmer, AK where they made their home until 1955, when they moved to Huron, SD and then Tracy. In 1961 the family moved to South Bend, IN for one year prior to returning to Tracy. Keith also did graduate studies at Colorado University, Mankato State College, Illinois Institute of Technology and Notre Dame University.
Keith was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy, serving over the years as president of the Holy Name Society, as a lector, CCD teacher, Eucharistic Minister to the nursing homes, and was a past member of the Knights of Columbus. He served two terms on the Tracy city council, was chairman of the Lyon County DFL for five years, and was a charter member of the Tracy Ambulance Service. He was also a Tax-Aide Consultant for several years, active in the Tracy Community Theatre, a member of the Tracy Kiwanis, Tracy American Legion, Tracy VFW, and the Sons of the American Revolution. Keith also was involved in education through many organizations, such as, both the National and Minnesota Councils for Teachers of Mathematics, both the National and Minnesota Education Association, the Southwest Minnesota Mathematics Teachers Association and the Tracy Education Association.
On Saturday, March 22, 2008 Keith died, surrounded by his loving family, at his home in Tracy at the age of 82.
Keith is survived by his wife, L. Jeanne Stanton of Tracy, MN; six daughters, Michelle Stanton of Rochester, MN, Toni Stanton and John Smetzer of Colorado Springs, CO, Brenda (John) Barnick of Shoreview, MN, Meredith (Eric) Vaselaar of Adrian, MN, Jamie (Daniel) Moloney of Eagan, MN and Heather (Paul) Patillo of Virginia Beach, VA; two sons, Conan (Monica) Stanton of Minnetonka, MN and Marshall (Dods) Stanton of Sugarland, TX; seventeen grandchildren, Jordan and Cody Smetzer, Adam and Jacob Strouf, Hannah Barden, Aaron and Isaac Stanton, Eldon, Samantha and Rona Vaselaar, Cassie Schwingle, Davin, Shaela and Kyla Moloney, Jordanna Espanola, and Dayne and Annika Patillo; three great grandchildren, Ethen Strouf, and Leilianna and Adeline Barden; one sister, Vivian Bristow of Canyon Country, CA; one brother, David Stanton of Pittsburgh, PA; nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
His parents and one brother, Fleet Stanton, preceded him in death.
Interment was in the Calvary Cemetery in Currie immediately following the service. The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy handled the arrangements. Online condolences may be placed at