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Obituaries from the week of April 15, 2009

Marcelo Ribeiro

do Val, 62

Marcelo Ribeiro do Val, 62, born in Castelo, in the state of Espirito Santo, Brazil, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, April 1st, 2009 in the city of Victoria Brazil where he lived.

Marcelo fought a valiant fight against Leukemia.  He was a wonderful, loving person and a good friend. He knew how to enjoy life by traveling and meeting people.

Marcelo was a 1964/65 graduate of Tracy High School through the AFS program, (American Field Service) which is an American Foreign Exchange Student program. He lived with the Les and Dorothy Borner family during his senior year at Tracy High School. With his outgoing and friendly personality, he made many friends and was loved by his adopted family. Marcelo came to the United States knowing only the word “yes”! When he returned to Brazil, he opened an English language school.  He then branched out from there, starting several other businesses such as a chocolate factory, pepper farm and an import and export business. Marcelo was a visionary and knew how to manage business very professionally.

Marcelo’s greatest joy in life was his love and devotion to his family. He was very proud of his family and eager to share that fact with his friends and family alike. He was a great husband, dad, and grandfather. He left behind many who loved him.

Marcelo is survived by his wife Vera, two married sons, Andre and Anelise, Tiago and Priscila, and three grandchildren, Marianny, Vitor, and Henrique.

His American family continued contact through the years.  Les and Dorothy visited Marcelo and family in Brazil and Marcelo also returned to the United States.  Dorothy Holt of Sun City Arizona, Bob and Arlene of Chaska Minnesota, Bill and Cindy of Kihei, Maui Hawaii, and Sherri and Dave Johnson of Peoria Arizona, will deeply miss Marcelo.

Cards can be sent to:

Family of Marcelo do Val

Rua Mary Ubirajara, 145 / apt. 1302

Santa Lucia

Victoria ES 29056-030 Brazil


Alice M. Schroeder, 92

Funeral services were held on Monday, April 6, 2009 at the Garvin Congregational Church in Garvin, MN for Alice M. Schroeder age 92, formerly of Tracy and Garvin, MN.

Alice Marie Schroeder was born November 29, 1916 to George and Grace (Minney) Klein in Freemont, NE.  As an infant her family moved to a farm north of Tracy, MN in 1917.  She attended Tracy Public Schools, graduating from Tracy High School in 1935. 

On March 19, 1936 Alice married Floyd Persons in the Federated Church in Marshall, MN and they made their home in the Tracy, Garvin and Amiret area.  She attended Alexandria Vo-Tech for nursing, graduating in 1963 as a LPN.  She then worked for Dr. Remsberg as his office nurse for a year.  In February of 1964 her husband Floyd died and that fall she helped get the Tracy Nursing Home started and was its first administrator.  In April of 1967 she moved to Shakopee, MN to work as a nurse at the women’s prison.

On December 30, 1970 Alice married Victor Schroeder and they made their home on Prior Lake.  Over the years they enjoyed the lake, traveling, and spending the winter in Arizona.  After Vic’s death in 1987 Alice remained in their lake home until the fall of 1990 when she moved to Marshall. 

Through the years Alice was a housewife, a farmer’s wife, a telephone operator and a nurse.  She was a member of the Congregational Church in Garvin and active in the church women’s groups.  She enjoyed flowers, cooking, baking, and most of all, spending time with her family. 

In November of 2006 she became a resident of the Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Balaton, MN.  In March of 2009 she entered the Sanford-Tracy Medical Center where she went to her Lord, Thursday, April 2, 2009 at the age of 92.

Alice is survived by her two daughters, Virginia (Lawrence) Hochstatter of Marshall, MN and Marilyn (Dennis) Christensen of Garvin, MN; three step sons, Ted (Shelly) Schroeder of Welch, MN, Grant (Renda) Schroeder of Dublin, OH and Mark (Laura) Schroeder of Prior Lake, MN; fifteen grandchildren, Larry (Grace) Hochstatter, Joyce (Jeff) Carlson, Pat Hughes, Denise (Sylvan) TeKrony, Scott (Julie) Christensen, Erika (Mike) O’Neil, Aaron (Amber) Schroeder, Jacob and Kalyn Schroeder, Michael, JoAnna and Andrew Schroeder, and James, Daniel, and Molly Schroeder; sixteen great grandchildren, Michael (Julie), Randy (Sherry), Lance and Andrew Hochstatter, Sarah and Krista Henke, Michael and David Carlson, Jenay (Justin) Fodness, Andrew, Kelsey, and Jay Christensen, Ruby and Delila O’Neil, and Jonathan and Lucas Schroeder;  four great-great grandchildren, Jacob, Lauren, and Anthony Hochstatter, and Rylee Fodness; two sisters-in-law, Lottie Gempeler and Ava Klein; many nieces, nephews and a great many friends.

Her parents, two husbands, Floyd and Victor, step son, Stuart Schroeder, two sisters, Dorothy Cooper and Millie Bonaquista, and three brothers, Charles, Earl and George E. Klein preceded her in death. 

Interment was at the Bethel Cemetery, rural Garvin.  The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy handled the arrangements.

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