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Obituaries from the week of July 9, 2008

Lenny Carter, 86
Lenny (Henry Leonard) Carter, age 86 of Walnut Grove passed away on Sunday, June 29, 2008 at the Sanford Hospital in Tracy, MN.  Funeral services were held Thursday, July 3, 2008 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove 
Lenny (Henry Leonard) Carter was born to Charles and Ada (Hahn) Carter on November 19, 1921 and grew up on a farm southwest of Walnut Grove, MN.  He attended the Holly Country School District #15 until 8th grade and then finished high school in Walnut Grove, graduating in 1939.  Following high school, he attended one year at the Tulsa Aircraft Mechanic School.  After mechanic school, Lenny enlisted in the Navy, where he served as a tail-gunner and machinist mate.  He maintained and flew on B-24 airplanes in the Pacific Theatre during WWII, based in Africa.   Lenny had a passion for flying.  He obtained his pilot’s license, owned several different airplanes, and gave airplane rides to anyone who asked.  Lenny also enjoyed fishing and went on many fishing trips.  After his honorable discharge from the Navy in 1946, Lenny returned to Walnut Grove and farmed with his brothers, Paul and Jim.  They raised cattle, corn, soybeans, and small grains.  In later years he farmed with Paul, Jim, and nephew Craig.  He also ran the township road grader for Holly Township during the 60’s.  He was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church, and served as a past President of the Council. 
Lenny is survived by his sister Louise Malmberg (Walnut Grove); sisters-in-law: Jeane Carter (Walnut Grove) and Janice Carter (Tracy); and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Paul, Charles, and James; infant sister Marjorie; and brother-in-law Arthur Malmberg.  Lenny was known for his kind and giving spirit, his willingness to offer a helping hand, and his appreciation for family and friends.  He will be missed.
Interment was in the Walnut Grove Cemetery.  Email condolences may be sent via www.walnutgrovefuneralhome. com. The Walnut Grove Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Dorothy Mathison, 76
Dorothy Clarice Mathison, 76, of Redwood Falls died of cancer on Monday, June 30, 2008 at Seasons in Redwood Falls. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 12, 2008 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Friends are invited to join the family for luncheon following the memorial service.
Arrangements are with the Nelson-Martin Funeral Service of Redwood Falls.
She was born on April 18, 1932 to Ilah (Miller) and Benjamin Trout. She was the eighth of their 12 children. She married in 1955 and to this union four children were born.
She is survived by her children: Mark (Beverly) of Great Falls, Montana, Matthew of Lamberton, Luke of Wabasso, and Rachelle (Philip) Graff of Comfrey; and four grandchildren: Jael (Justin), Jesse, Danyette (Fernando), and Tyler. Also surviving are her sisters, Cathryn Pilaczynski of Canby, Oregon, Elsie Heacock of Garretson, South Dakota, and Inez Siolkowski of Minneapolis; her brothers, Lyle of Lamberton, Dan of Wabasso, Henry of Willmar, and Roger of Brooklyn, New York and Gordon of Wallkill, New York; and many nieces and nephews. She was loved by all.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, and two brothers.
Dorothy had a very generous heart and she always loved to help people. After she had raised her children she worked for many elderly people as a caretaker. Her interests were sewing, quilting, cooking, gardening and crocheting. She loved to make quilts for family and friends and also sent quilts to disaster stricken areas. She had a kind heart and spirit and she will be missed by everyone who knew her. She had a strong faith in God and His Kingdom and was unafraid to speak up about her faith. Her belief in God’s promise of a paradise earth sustained her through her illness and that strength kept her family strong.

Charles B. Marks, 96
Charles B. Marks, age 96 of Tracy passed away on Monday, July 7, 2008 at Sanford Hospital in Tracy, MN. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July10, 2008 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy. Visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Tracy Area Funeral Home with a 4:00 p.m. CCW Rosary and a 6:30 p.m. prayer service. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Interment is in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Email condolences may be sent via The Tracy Area Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Charles B. Marks was born on November 9, 1911 to Claude and Mary (Volden) Marks in Tracy, Minnesota. He graduated from Tracy High School. Charles entered the US Army in 1942 and was honorably discharged in 1945. He served as a Sergeant and airplane mechanic in India and China.
Charles was united in marriage to Pauline Polaschek on December 31, 1955 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy, MN. Charles worked for NSP for over 40 years and retired in 1976. He was a member of many service groups in the community.
He is survived by his wife Pauline, of 52 years; daughter Mary (Wally) Fier; grandchildren: Monica Fier, Jill Fier, Amy (Casey) Taylor; and sister Eva Jo Peterson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son Christopher, sister Gladys, and brother George.
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to St. Mary’s Church and School.

Donna Kelley, 76
Donna M. Kelley, age 76, of Marshall, passed away on Monday, July 7, 2008 at the Prairie View Healthcare Center in Tracy. Funeral Services are scheduled for Saturday, July 12, at 2 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church in Marshall. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday, at the church. Online condolences available at the
Donna Mae Minnick was born on September 17, 1931, in Marshall, Minnesota, to Donald and Beula (Bamford) Minnick. She was baptized and confirmed at Wesley United Methodist Church in Marshall. She attended and graduated from Owatonna High School. Donna worked for a few years at the Weiner Memorial Hospital as a dietician.
On December 27, 1956, Donna was united in marriage to John Kelley at the Methodist Church in Marshall. To this union, six children were born. She worked the rest of her life as a wonderful homemaker and housewife. She and John farmed near Marshall until 1970 and then they moved to town where John went to work for SSU. They retired in 2000.
Donna enjoyed many pastimes such as fishing, hunting, embroidery, sewing, baking, cooking, dancing, and spending time with family and friends. She was also a member of the Eagle’s Club.
Donna passed away at the age of 76 years, 9 months, and 20 days.
Survivors include her husband, John “Jack” Kelley of Marshall; four children, Deb (and Stuart Palm) Myhre of Wisconsin, John Jr. (and Ann) Kelley of Tracy, Cindy “Cookie” Kelley of Marshall, and Amanda Kelley of Slayton; four grandchildren, Shawn, Darin, Jennifer, and Timothy; great-grandchildren, Brayden and Isaiah; brother, Dean (and Susie) Minnick of Michigan; and many other family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two infant children.