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Obituaries from the week of May 7, 2008

Auguste “Gustie” Anderson, 88
Gustie Ellen (Bedwell) Anderson age 88 of Westbrook, formerly of Revere, passed away Saturday, May 3, 2008 at the Sanford Westbrook Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Olaf Lutheran Church south of Walnut Grove. Visitation will be held from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at the Walnut Grove Funeral Home. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.
Gustie was born December 17, 1919 to James & Hazel (Folsom) Bedwell at their home in Minneapolis. She was confirmed into the Lutheran faith June 1938. Gustie graduated from Roosevelt High School on January 27, 1939. After graduation, she worked in Minneapolis and California for 15 years.
On June 20, 1954, Gustie was united in marriage to Earl Anderson at St. Olaf Lutheran Church. After the wedding, the couple moved to the family farm in Ann Township where they raised their three daughters.  Family time with their children and grandchildren brought great joy to her.  Gustie loved her winters in Arizona with her husband. After Earl’s death, Gustie became a resident of Peterson Estates in Westbrook, and later the Westbrook Good Samaritan Care Center.
She was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church where she served on the WELCA and as a Sunday School teacher. She was a former member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. Gustie was a member of the Lutheran Brotherhood, and was active in the Garden Club and as a 4-H leader. Gustie enjoyed flower gardening, sewing, crafts, playing cards, and spending time with family.
Gustie Anderson is survived by her daughters: Kari (Duane) Ourada of Tracy, Lori (George) Erbes of Tracy, and Heidi (David) Hansen of Revere; grandchildren: Tony (Dawn) Ourada of Brandon, SD, Melissa (Mike) Ebbing of Garretson, SD, Andy (Jackie) Ourada of Redwood Falls, Mike (Missie) Erbes of Tracy, Amanda (Tim) Nichols of Atlanta, GA, Alex (Lindsay) Ourada of Mankato, and Tyler Hansen of Marshall; and great grandchildren: Lincoln, Austin, Jonathon, Allison, Brian, Zach, and Hailyn.
Preceding her in death are her parents, husband Earl, and brothers Herb and John Bedwell.
Interment is in the church cemetery. Email condolences may be sent via The Walnut Grove Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Nina Booth, 96
Services for Nina Irene Booth, 96, formerly of Marshall, will be at 2:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, May 7, 2008 at the Rehkamp-Horvath Funeral Home in Marshall. Burial will follow at the Lakeside Cemetery in Balaton. A Memorial service will also be held at Mount Olivet Careview/Home Chapel, 5517 Lyndale Avenue So., Minneapolis at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 9, 2008.
Irene died on Saturday, May 3, 2008 at Mount Olivet Careview in Minneapolis.
Nina Irene (Breening) Booth was born March 11, 1912, in Balaton, Minnesota, to Charles and Anna Breening. She grew up and graduated from Balaton High School and later attended nurses’ training and was a nurse for several years at the Tracy Hospital in Tracy.
In 1933, Irene was united in marriage to Albert V. Nelson of Russell. After living on a farm near Mankato for a short time, they moved to and lived on a farm near Amiret and resided there for a number of years before moving to Marshall in 1956. They were active in their community and in their church in both communities. She loved serving the Lord and those in her family and community. They had two children, James and Katherine.
After husband Albert died in 1959, she married Patrick R. Booth in 1965 and continued to reside in Marshall where she was a clerk in the S and L Department Store.
Survivors include her daughter Katherine and son-in-law James Calvin of Tucson, AZ, daughter-in-law La Donna Nelson of Blue Earth, five grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, step-children Barbara Booth and Tom Booth and their families.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands Albert (1959) and Patrick (1995), son James (1994), four brothers-Arthur, Richard, George, and Carl Breening, nine sisters-Edna Mattson, Alice Freter, Bessie Bomgaars, Ora Johnson, Estelle Brier, Eva Dale, Dorothy Bastyr, Luella Olson, and JoAnn Abernethy.
Memorials are preferred to Mount Olivet Careview, Minneapolis or Wesley Methodist Church of Marshall.

John Heern, 90
A celebration of Life was held today, Wednesday, May 7, 2008 for John Heern at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Windom, MN. Pastor Paul Sajban officiated. Organist was Linda Staples. Military Honors were by the American Legion Post 206.
Casket bearers were members of the American Legion Post 206 of Windom.
Honorary bearers were Brenda Heern, Jamie Anderson, Jason Heern, Harmony Anderson and Dallas Anderson.
John Pascal Heern was born on November 29, 1917, in Cottonwood County, Minnesota to the late William and Alica (Foster) Patton Heern. He was brought up in the Methodist faith and farmed with his parents at Jeffers, Long Prairie, Pipestone, and Bingham Lake. In 1939, he came to Bingham Lake as a young man purchasing his first home in 1939. From 1941- 1945, John served his country honorably in the Army National Guard during World War II.
On June 15, 1947, John was united in marriage to Dorothy Jean Wilkin in Dundee. This marriage was blessed with two children, William and Kenneth. After marriage, John and Dorothy farmed in Bingham Lake and Windom areas. In 1951, they moved to Fulda where John worked as a mechanic. They moved back to Bingham Lake in 1952. In 1955, John began to work for Frank Kalash as a farm equipment mechanic. For three years, John and Dorothy lived in Butterfield before moving back to Bingham Lake. They became members of The Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Windom in 1959. In 1980, John retired and in 1997, John and Dorothy moved to Tracy, Minnesota into the Tracy Nursing Home to be closer to their son Bill.
On November 21, 2004, Dorothy passed away. After her death, John remained living in Tracy until moving back to Windom where he lived in the Sogge Good Samaritan Center. Last week, John became ill and was taken to the Windom Area Hospital where he passed away on Saturday morning, May 3rd, 2008 having reached the wonderful age of 90 years.
John was longtime member of the Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Windom and the American Legion Post 206. John will be missed by many and will be remembered for his love of his family, especially his grandchildren.
John’s dedicated family includes his two sons, William Franklin Heern and wife, Janice of Tracy; Kenneth Heern and wife, Anna of Jackson; three grandchildren, Brenda Heern of Las Vegas, NV; Jamie Anderson and husband, Nathan, of Bingham Lake; Jason Heern of Laramie, WY; two great-grandchildren, Harmony and Dallas Anderson of Bingham Lake; one sister-in-law and one brother-in-law, May Ysker of Windom; Lee Wilkin and wife, Joyce of Windom; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
John is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; one half brother; and two half sisters.
Interment was in Lakeview Cemetery in Windom, MN with the LaCanne Family Funeral Home handling the arrangements.