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Obituaries from the week of June 25, 2008

Maefern Christianson, 88
Maefern (Averill) Christianson died June 13, 2008 in Peoria, AZ. She was 88 years old.
She was born September 21, 1919 on a farm south of Tracy, MN to Burton and Lillie (Rae) Averill. She graduated from Tracy High School in 1938. Maefern moved to Moline, IL in 1956 where she worked as an inspector for the Y&S Candy Company until her retirement.
Maefern really enjoyed doing arts, crafts and playing cards with her many friends in her retirement community. She was an avid Minnesota Viking fan and just loved her Arizona Diamondback baseball team. No doubt, the biggest love of her life were her four sons. She never failed to brag about “her boys” to anyone who would listen.
Maefern is survived by sons, Terry (Maureen) Fetter of Peoria, AZ, Larry (Pat) Fetter of Shoreview, MN, Paul Fetter of Peoria, AZ and Warren (Rosie) Fetter of Moline, IL.
She is also survived by sisters, Florence McHugh of Newburg, WI, Beverly Knutson of Mesa, AZ, stepdaughter Sandra Gibson of Delaware and Sis (Joe) Beierman of Tracy, MN. Maefern loved Sis as a daughter.
She had many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her first husband James K. Fetter, second husband Oris (Chris) Christianson, sisters Norenne Stencel, Bernetta Holm, brother Mort Averill, granddaughter Darlene Fetter and stepdaughter Bonnie Roby.
Graveside services will be held at a later date in a family cemetery in Radcliffe, Iowa.

Curtis Wiese, 63
Funeral services for Curtis Lee Wiese of Morris were held Saturday, June 21, 2008 at Assumption Catholic Church in Morris. 
Curtis Lee Wiese, son of Clarence “Boots” and Edith (Thormodsgard) Wiese, was born December 16, 1944 in Morris, Minnesota. He was baptized and confirmed at Our Redeemers Lutheran Church in Hancock. He began his schooling at Hancock, where he graduated from Hancock High School in 1963. Curt continued his education at the Willmar Technical College, St. Thomas College and the Anoka-Ramsey Community College. Curt’s first job was with the Hancock Police Department. He then moved to Roseville, where he worked as a supervisor and then to Tracy, Minnesota, where he continued as Police Chief. In 1987, Curt returned to Morris, where he served as Chief of Police until 2001, when he retired.
In 1996, Curt met the love of his life and best friend, Lori. They were united in marriage on May 17, 1997. The couple traveled all over the United States and Canada. Curt was diagnosed with ALS on August 2, 2006.
Curt was a member of Assumption Catholic Church in Morris, where he was received at the Easter Vigil in 2002. He also served in the United States Army.
Curt died on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 at his home in Morris, having lived to reach the age of 63 years.
He is survived by his wife: Lori Wiese of Morris; six children: Steve (Melinda) Selk of Lakewood, CO, Beth (Brian) DeWenter of Osakis, Craig (Lisa) Selk of Hayfield, Cindy (Paul) Suedkamp of Coralville, IA, Tanya (Mike) Robillard of Manchester, CT and Kris Wiese of Manchester, CT; 14 grandchildren; one sister: Coleen (Keith) Koehl of Morris and one brother: Neil (Pam) Wiese of Morris.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Burial was at Calvary Cemetery in Morris. Military rites were provided by the Morris American Legion, VFW and AmVets
Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris was in charge of the arrangements.
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