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Obituaries from the week of June 3, 2009

Marlene McCoy, 65
Sylvia Moline, 87
John Schleppenbach, 77
Inez Wee, 97

Marlene McCoy, 65

Marlene McCoy, age 65 of Tracy passed away Saturday, May 30, 2009 at her home following a battle with cancer.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy.  Visitation will be 4:00-8:00p.m. Wednesday at the Tracy Area Funeral Home with a 4:00p.m. CCW Rosary and a 7:00p.m. prayer service.  Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.  The Tracy Area Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences may be sent at 

Marlene Jacqueline (Persoon) McCoy was born January 25, 1944 in Tyler, Minnesota to Peter and Zoe (DeWitte) Persoon.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith.  Marlene attended grade school in Ruthton, and graduated from Pipestone High School.  On June 7, 1962 Marlene was united in marriage to Edward L. McCoy at St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Pipestone, Minnesota.  Marlene worked for 22 years as the Dietary Supervisor and cook at Prairie View Healthcare Center, and 2 years as a cook at Boulder Estates.  She was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy, serving as a Sunday School teacher, Eucharistic Minister, and president of the CCW.  Marlene loved vegetable and flower gardening, cooking, and working alongside her husband on the farm.

Marlene is survived by her husband Ed; daughter Lori (Wayne) Dagel of Ruthton; 3 grandchildren: Brent (Linzie) Dagel, Jared (Brenda) Dagel, and Nick Dagel; 4 great-grandchildren: Joseph and Isaac, Hannah and Tyler; brother Robert (Candy) Persoon of Canistota, SD; sister Rita McCarty of Baytown, TX; and many other relatives and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her son Mark.


Sylvia Moline, 87

Funeral services were held on Friday, May 29, 2009 for Sylvia Moline at Christ Lutheran Church in Slayton, MN  with Rev. Ted Kunze officiating.  The organist was LaDean Lang with special music by Heidi Winter.  The pallbearers were her grandchildren, Cristene Klappenbach, Libia Johnson, Rob Moline, Chad Moline, Julie Dahlhoff, John Moline, Tim Moline, Erin Moline, Jeff Moline, Chris Moline, Brian Moline, Jamie Jensen, Ryan Moline, Daniel Moline, Caitlin Williams, and Michael Williams.

Sylvia Jeanette Moline was born on December 14, 1921 in Tracy, Minnesota to Martin and Hazel Anderson Nelson.  She grew up on the family farm near Garvin, MN and graduated from Tracy High School.  Following high school Sylvia attended St. Cloud College and received her Normal Teacher Training.  She then taught country school in Lake Sarah Township, Murray County, MN. 

On June 6, 1943 she and Gustav (Vincent) Moline were married at the Hoiland Lutheran Church rural Garvin, MN.  Following their marriage they lived and farmed on the Moline family farm.  Sylvia attended Southwest Minnesota State College in Marshall and received her Teaching Degree.  Sylvia was a charter member of the graduating class.  Sylvia taught fifth grade at West Elementary in Slayton for 22 years.  They retired from farming in 1977 but remained on the farm until 1980 when they moved to Slayton, MN.  Vince and Sylvia wintered in Arizona for many years. 

In 2005 Sylvia moved to Lindenwood Assisted Living Apartments in Slayton.  Vincent passed away on August 11, 2007.  Sylvia passed away on May 26, 2009 at the Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD at the age of 87. 

She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Slayton and was active in various church groups.  Sylvia belonged to the Piecemaker Quilting Club in Slayton.  Sylvia enjoyed visiting with family and friends, painting, knitting, sewing, quilting, cooking and traveling.

Survivors include her six children and their spouses, Jerry and Irene Moline of Slayton, MN, SueAnn Johnson of Anchorage, AK, Robert (Bob) and Wanda Moline of Garvin, MN, Russell Moline of Lakeland, FL, James (Jim) Moline of Marshall, MN, and Janis and Bill Williams of Westminster, CO, 16 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and one brother, Neil Nelson and his wife, Sharon of Urbana, OH.   

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Vincent Moline, two sisters, LaVaughn Light, and Eunice Swan, and two brothers, Milo and Clifford Nelson. 

Interment is at Slayton Memorial Gardens, Slayton, MN.  Totzke Funeral Home of Slayton in charge of arrangements. To view online obituary and send condolences visit


John Schleppenbach, 77

Funeral services for John J. Schleppenbach, were held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, 2009 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy.

John Jacob Schleppenbach Jr. was born March 2, 1932 to John J. and Catherine (Krebs) Schleppenbach at the family home in Cold Spring, MN. He was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith and attended St. Boniface Catholic School, graduating from St. Boniface Catholic High School in 1950. John then entered St. John’s University for one year in Pre-Pharmacy before transferring to the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. While in college John also enlisted in the ROTC program with the U.S. Army. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy in 1955 and entered into active duty in the Army as a 2nd Lieutenant.

On August 27, 1955 John married Marjorie Ripka at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Melrose, MN. They made their home in Minneapolis, for a short time, and then San Antonio, TX, while John was in the military. In 1957 John received his Honorable Discharge from the Army and entered into service in the Army Reserve. That same year they moved to Tracy, MN where John began working for Kirkpatrick’s Drug Store. After several years John went to work for Dietz Drug in Tracy and in 1966 purchased the business, which then became, John’s Drug. In 2006 John’s youngest daughter, Maria, moved back to Tracy to become a partner in John’s Rx Drug, as a pharmacist and then John became semi-retired.

John was very involved in his church and the community. As a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy, he was a member of the church choir and Knights of Columbus. In his community he was involved in the Tracy Community Band, as a member of the Tracy American Legion, Tracy Lions Club, Tracy Kiwanis, and the Tracy Chamber of Commerce. In the past he was a member of a barber shop quartet, The Tracy Tones and a men’s chorus, the Shetek Plainsmen. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golf, spending time at the family lake home on Lake Shetek, and was a long time sponsor of MN Waterfowl Association, Pheasant’s Forever and Duck’s Unlimited. With all this, and a dedicated spirit to his business and the people that he served, John’s greatest love in life was his wife and their children and grandchildren.

A little more than a year ago John was diagnosed with ALS and yet, he never quit smiling and staying active until it was physically impossible for him. John’s courageous spirit during this past year has been an inspiration to his family and the many beloved friends that mourn his passing.

On Monday, May 25, 2009 John died, surrounded by his loving children and good friends, at his home at the age of 77.

John is survived by his three daughters, Sandra (Bruce) Hanson of Blue Earth, MN, Julie (Tracy) Nelson of Farmington, MN and Maria (Jody) Grogan of Slayton, MN; one son, John “Jake” (Robin) Schleppenbach of St. Louis Park, MN; seven grandchildren, Hilary, Connor and Carter Hanson, Abbey and Claire Nelson, and Jordan and Sawyer Grogan; one brother, Roy (Mary) Schleppenbach of Cold Spring, MN; one sister, Cathy Manuel of Maple Lake, MN; nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

His parents, his beloved wife, Marge and four brothers-in-law, Dave Manuel, Wally Froehle, Ken Ripka and Joe Ripka preceded him in death.

Interment was in the Calvary Cemetery in Tracy, followed by a luncheon at the Veteran’s Memorial Center, downtown Tracy. A Firebrick Farewell for a Final Round Salute from John, was held  at the Tracy Country Club. The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy handled the arrangements. The family requests that memorials be given to either the ALS Association of Minnesota or the Prairie Home Hospice of Lyon County.


Inez Wee, 97

Inez Wee age 97 of Balaton passed away on Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at the Balaton Care Center.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Friday at the Ellsborough Lutheran Church in rural Balaton with burial in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the Balaton Community Center, and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.  Email condolences may be sent via  The Tyler Area Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.