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Obituaries from the week of June 11, 2008

Kathleen Hedtke, 81
Kathleen Hedtke, 81 years old, passed away, Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at Sioux Valley Hospital, Sioux Falls, SD.
She is survived by her four children: Michael, Clearbrook, MN, Christine (Cletus) Schons, Tracy, MN, Peter, Vadnais Heights, MN, and Paul, of Anchorage, Alaska. Three Grandchildren: Lukus and Matthew Schons of Tracy, MN and Megan Schons of Phoenix, AZ. Her sister Elizabeth Moe of Faribault, MN, and nephews Bradley (Cindy) Moe of Plymouth, MN and Steven Moe of Minneapolis, MN
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother-in-law Olaus Moe.
Kathleen Ruth Traeger, the daughter of Dr. Carl and Ruth (Hertzler) Traeger, was born February 1, 1927 in Faribault, MN, Rice County. She graduated from Faribault High School, and Hamline University in St. Paul. She received a Master’s Degree in social work from the University of Minnesota. Kathleen taught English and Speech in the Jackson, MN high school, and social work for ten years at the University of MN, Duluth and University of WI, Superior.
On June 11, 1949, she became the wife of Reuel Eugene Hedtke. They lived in Jackson for 31 years. She ran the Red Cross Blood Program in Jackson for a number of years. Twelve and one half years were spent as a social worker for Jackson County. During her social work career, she assisted in writing the MN Patient’s Bill of Rights for the Mentally Ill, and state advocacy policy for social services clients, and taught advocacy for clients for the State Department of Welfare. The Hedtkes operated Camp Ink-Pa-Duta campground, in Jackson, for thirteen years.
In 1979, she and Reuel moved to Duluth, MN, then to Utah in 1993, where Reuel died, July 19, 1997. Kathleen returned to Duluth, where she lived for two years. In 1999 she moved to Bishop, CA in the Eastern Sierra Mountains. She worked for the Forest Service Inyo National Forest in Mammoth Lakes, and Bishop, CA for eight years. In April 2002, she was awarded a “Chief’s Volunteers Program National Award” based upon her work done on behalf of the Inyo National Forest.
Kathleen loved to read, camp, hike and embroider. She very much enjoyed meeting and making new friends.
According to Kathleen’s wishes, her body will be cremated. No public service will be held. By her request Kathleen’s ashes will be scattered in the places she loved and most felt at home: with her parents in Faribault, the Eastern Sierra Mountains, Duluth, Jackson and in the shade of a Silver Maple.
Condolences may be mailed to: Chris Schons, 536 Emory St., Tracy MN 56175, or email condolences to:

Walter Buzzell, 82
August 17, 1925 - May 26, 2008 Salem, Oregon - Walt went to be with his Lord and Savior at the age of 82 on May 26th, six days after suffering a stroke. Born to Mark and Minnie Buzzell in Tracy, MN, he was the tenth of twelve children.  He graduated from West Bend High School (IA) and then joined the U.S. Army to serve as a paratrooper in Europe during WWII (80th Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division).
After the war, Walt returned to Tracy and married Ruth Olson in 1951, and they moved to Minneapolis in 1957.  Walt worked for Midland Co-op/Land O’ Lakes until retiring in 1985.  The couple relocated to Salem in 1994.
Walt was a Co-Scoutmaster for 18 years for the Boy Scout Troop at First Covenant Church in Minneapolis.  He served on church boards, ushered and managed the church’s parking lot.  He also served at Salem Alliance Church, working with the parking crew and participating in several missions-related construction projects.
Walt is survived by his loving wife, Ruth; daughter Janet of Portland, OR; sons, Doug (Irene) and Craig of Mellen, WI, and Scott (Mary) of Salem; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; brothers, Lee of Bettendorf, IA and Wayne of Davenport, IA, and Don of St. Cloud, MN; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service is planned to be held in August 2008 in Tracy.