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Obituaries from the week of April 16, 2008

Marvel Erbes, 91
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 8, 2008 at Tracy Lutheran Church for Marvel Erbes.
Casket bearers were her grandsons, Fred (Randy) Stoltenburg, Jerry Stoltenburg, Bryan VanDale, Jeff VanDale, Wayne Erbes, Gary Erbes, Nathan Erbes, Neal Erbes, Allen Erbes, Michael Erbes.
Honorary casket bearers were her granddaughters Marsha Grimmus, Cindy Hendley, Carol Christianson, Deanne Stoltenburg, Debbie VanDale, Denise Chamberlin, Melanie Lee, Amanda Lipinski, Stacy Wendorff, Jamey Johnson, Ashley Wendorff, Hailey Erbes, Melissa Ebbing.
Marvel Harriet Erbes was born April 10, 1916 to Henry and Mabel (Walden) Haugen on the family farm south of Tracy, MN in Murray County. She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith at Willow Lake Lutheran Church. Marvel attended Country School District #16 and then Tracy High School, where she graduated on May 29, 1936.
On January 15, 1939, Marvel married Gerald Erbes at her parents’ home which later became their home. This farm house where Marvel was born and married was her residence for all but five years of her life.
Marvel worked many jobs in the Tracy area as well as running the farm household. She was a cook for Ma-Pa-Loma in Currie, the Red Rooster in Tracy and the Neon Inn (now the Mediterranean Club) which she also owned. She also worked as a clerk for the Gardener’s grocery store in Currie, MN, which later became RJ’s.
Marvel was a life long member of the Willow Lake Lutheran Church until it closed two years ago when she became a member of the Lake Sarah Lutheran in Garvin, MN. Over the years, she had been very active in her church women’s groups as well as Birthday Club, Tracy Senior Center, and the Currie American Legion Auxiliary. She was proud of being recognized as a Gold Star Mother for her son, John, who died in Vietnam. She enjoyed playing cards, bingo, quilting, and embroidering, but her love was spending time with her children and their families.
In the fall of 2007, Marvel became a resident of O’Brien Court in Tracy and later she moved to the Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Balaton, MN where she died Friday, April 4, 2008, surrounded by her loving family, at the age of 91.
Marvel is survived by her two daughters, Murlayne (Dwane) VanDale of Prior Lake, MN and Muriel Hubbard of Seattle, WA; five sons, Kermit Erbes of Minneapolis, MN, Kevin (Donna) Erbes, Kim Erbes and George (Lori) Erbes, all of Tracy, MN, and Paul Erbes of Baltimore, MD; twenty-three grandchildren; over forty great and great-great grandchildren; one sister, June (Dick) Axelson of Park Rapids, MN; many nieces, nephews and many friends.
Her husband, Gerald, her parents, one daughter, Marlys Leversedge, two sons, John and Keith and two sisters, Mavis Matchin and Hazel Werth, preceded her in death.
Interment was at the Tracy City Cemetery. The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy handled the arrangements.
Online condolences may be placed at

Ethel M. Johnson, 94
Ethel M. Johnson of La Crosse, WI died Sunday, March 30, 2008, surrounded by her family at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse.
She was born Dec. 30, 1913, in Garvin, MN to Thomas D. and Mary Jane (Williams) Phillips. Ethel graduated in 1931 from Tracy High School in Tracy, MN. She continued her education at Mankato State College, graduating in 1933 with a degree in Elementary Education.
On Sept. 20, 1934, she married Milton W. Johnson in Huron, S.D., and he preceded her in death in June 1992. Ethel operated a private nursery and kindergarten in Falcon Heights, MN, and later taught elementary school in Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN until she retired in 1964.
After retirement, she and her husband, Milton, moved to Alexandria, MN and spent winters in Harlingen, Texas. In 1983, they made their home in Harlingen, where they enjoyed golfing and traveling. In 2004, Ethel moved to La Crosse to be near family and resided at The Willows Assisted Living. She loved playing bridge, sewing and in her younger years she liked to fish and hunt.
Ethel is survived by her son, Dr. Bruce L. (Nancy) Johnson of Houston, MN; two grandchildren, Lisa (Dave) Nutter of Houston, and Brad (Katie) Johnson of Balsam Lake, Wis.; three great-grandchildren, Alex Nutter, Grant Nutter and Ryan Nutter; also by many loving nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Mayme Donaldson, Harriet Colburn and Esther Safford; and two brothers, Harold Phillips and Louis Phillips.
Memorial services were held Tuesday, April 8, at Woodruff-Jandt Funeral Home, La Crosse. The Rev. Don Iliff officiated.

Joan Walters, 82
Mass of Christian Burial was held today, Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy for Joan Walters.
Joan Eleanor Walters was born January 24, 1926 to Fred and Julia (Boyle) West in Slayton, MN. She grew up on a farm near Garvin, MN. Joan was baptized and confirmed in St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Slayton and attended Tracy Public Schools, graduating from Tracy High School in 1943. She then attended Lamberton Teachers College in Springfield, MN and taught country school in the Tracy area for eight years.
On June 12, 1951 Joan married Dick Walters in Slayton and they made their home on a farm near Garvin, MN. After raising her children Joan went to work in the Tracy Elementary School as a Teacher’s Assistant for 13 years. In 1998, after her husband’s death, she moved into Tracy.
For many winters they enjoyed going to Texas and they also enjoyed a summer cabin on Lake Sarah, near Garvin, but what Joan thoroughly loved was spending time with her family. She was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy, enjoyed sewing, and going out for a “small bite to eat”, with her friends.
On Wednesday, April 9, 2008 Joan died at the Sanford Tracy Medical Center at the age of 82.
Joan is survived by her one daughter, Julie Walters of Garvin, MN; two sons, Michael (Gail) Walters of Albuquerque, NM and John (Laurie) Walters of San Ramon, CA; three grandchildren, Sammy Jo, Carley Rae and Ryan Walters; four sisters, Mary (Glenn) Curtis and Carmel Brouillet, both of Slayton, MN, Jerri (Ray) Milewski of Minneapolis, MN and Theresa (Ed) Thomsche of Melrose, MN; one sister-in-law, Arlene West of Tracy, MN; one brother-in-law, Ed Miller of Slayton, MN; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
Her husband, Dick, one son, Jim, one brother, Joe West, and three sisters, Alyce Miller, Pat Knuth and Betty West preceded her in death
Interment was at the Calvary Cemetery in Tracy. The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy is handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be placed at

Myrtle Schulte, 89
Funeral services for Myrtle Schulte, 89, of Tracy, formerly of Marshall, was held on Monday, April 14, at St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Marshall.
Myrtle was born February 8, 1919, in Island Lake Township in Lyon County, the daughter of August and Ida (Wolff) Stelter. She was baptized in the Lutheran faith and renewed her baptismal covenant through confirmation at Zion Lutheran Church of Island Lake. She received her education in the township’s country school.
She was married to Harold Jorgensen February 8, 1937, and to this union was born six children. She later married Albert Schulte and they bought a farm in Clifton Township. They farmed until Albert’s death on August 22, 1991 and Myrtle remained on the farm until she moved to Prairie View Healthcare Center in Tracy. Myrtle worked at the Club 59 for many years. She was a member of the St. Stephen Lutheran Church of Marshall.
Myrtle died on Thursday, April 10, 2008, at the Prairie View Healthcare Center in Tracy.
Myrtle is survived by her family; Barbara (Allen) Albertson of Erhard, Judy (Ty) Roberts of Marshall, Ardell (Robert) Fay of Graham, Washington, Beatrice (Tim) Hought of Foxhome and Jerry (Tory) Jorgensen of Omaha, Nebraska; 10 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, 2 step granddaughters, and 3 great great grandchildren. She is also survived by her good friend, Elsie Coudron, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by; her husband, Albert Schulte, her parents, one infant son, 3 sisters, one brother and one infant granddaughter.
Interment was at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Marshall with the Rehkamp & Horvath Funeral Home handling the arrangements.