Jane Roots, 58
A memorial services was held on Monday, January
21, 2008 at Tracy Lutheran Church for Jane Roots,
age 58, formerly of Tracy, MN.
Jane Ann Roots was born June 6, 1949 to Stanley
and Kathleen (Nelson) Clark in Worthington, MN.
She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith
and grew up on a farm outside Fulda, MN.
She attended Fulda Pubic Schools and graduated from
Fulda High School. Jane then attended college at
Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD, receiving
her degree in Elementary Education. She then taught
school in South St. Paul for a year.
On July 8, 1972 Jane married Russell Roots at the
Lutheran Church in Dundee, MN. They moved to South
Dakota and taught school on the Pine Ridge Indian
Reservation and later in Clear Lake, SD. In 1975
they moved to Tracy, MN where Jane was a substitute
teacher for many years. She also was a full time
piano teacher until 2006 when both Russ and Jane
retired to Spearfish, SD.
Jane was a past member of Tracy Lutheran Church
where she was active over the years in the church’s
women’s groups and was the director of the
children’s Carol Choir. She was a member of
the Southwest Minnesota Music Teachers Association
for over twenty five years and will be remembered
fondly by many students in the Tracy area.
On Wednesday, January 16, 2008 Jane died in Spearfish,
SD at the age of 58.
Jane is survived by her husband, Russell Roots of
Spearfish, SD; three sons, Jeremy Roots of Spearfish,
SD, Joshua (Maria) Roots of Bergen, Norway and Jordan
Roots of Minneapolis, MN; three brothers, Jim (Bev)
Clark of Mankato, MN, Bruce (Karen) Clark of Watertown,
MN and Dan (Michelle) Clark of Reno, NV; five nieces,
one nephew, cousins and a great many friends.
Her parents preceded her in death.
The family requests that memorials be sent to the
Hospice of the North Hills, 1440 N. Main St. Spearfish,
The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy handled the arrangements.
Online condolences may be placed at www.almliefh.com.
Constance (Gervais) Goodman, 90
Funeral services were held in St. Paul last week
for Constance Rose (Gervais) Goodman, 90, who was
born Dec. 19, 1917, and died Jan. 13, 2008.
Her parents were Arthur Gervais and Emma Kass View,
and her stepfather was William View. She grew up
in Tracy in the home of her grandparents, with her
mother and siblings. After high school, she moved
to St. Paul where she worked as a salesman’s
sample model, and later began selling books and
art supplies at St. Paul Book and Stationery. She
was married to Arthur Goodman in 1944.
Her husband, and a brother, Felix Gervais, preceded
her in death.
She is survived by daughters Mary Ann Reilly and
Stephanie Goodman, brother Laurence Gervais, sister
Eileen Hughes, sisters-in-law Eleanor Gervais and
Erma Lipschulz, and many grand and great-grandchildren.
Services were held at the Church of St. Peter, Mendota.
Interment was at Mount Zion Cemetery, St. Paul.