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Obituaries from the week of Nov. 4, 2009

Evelyn Ness - Bauman, 91

Evelyn A. Ness - Bauman, age 91 of Montevideo, formerly of Walnut Grove passed away on October 29, 2009 at the Luther Haven Nursing Home in Montevideo, MN.  Funeral services were held on Monday, November 2, 2009 at the Tracy Lutheran Church.

Evelyn A. Ness – Bauman was born on September 25, 1918 to Anton and Elise (Haugen) Ness in McClusky, North Dakota, Mercer County.  She graduated from Mandan High School in North Dakota and was a member of the Tracy Lutheran Church.

Evelyn married Quentin Roberts in Mandan North Dakota.  On September 12, 1959 she married John Bauman in Walnut Grove, MN.  Over the years, she lived in California, Mandan, North Dakota, spent a number of years on a farm near Clarkfield, MN, moved to Tracy and Walnut Grove before spending the last twenty years in Montevideo, MN.

In the past, Evelyn was a homemaker and also worked for a number of years as bookkeeper for the Tri County Coop in Tracy.  She enjoyed reading, night fishing on Lake Minnewaska, scrapbooking, hand crafts and playing cards.

On Thursday, October 29, 2009 Evelyn passed away at the Luther Haven Nursing Home in Montevideo surrounded by her loving family at the age of 91.

Evelyn is survived by her one daughter, Winnifred (Curtis) Severson of Clarkfield, MN; one brother, Paul Ness of Dillsburg, PA; one sister, June (Spencer) Kvam of Montevideo, MN; three grandchildren, Natalie (Paul) Lynner of Clarkfield, MN, Connie (Tim) Velde of Granite Falls, MN, and Brent (Denise) Severson of Niceville, FL; eight great-grandchildren; twelve great great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

Her parents, two husbands, Quentin and John, two brothers, Merle and Carroll, and three infant siblings preceded her in death.   

Interment was at the Tracy City Cemetery.  The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy   handled the arrangements.  Online condolences may be placed at


Evelyn Fischer, 92

Evelyn Ann Fischer, age 92 of Wood Lake, died Wednesday October, 28, 2009, at the Golden Living Center in Olivia. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 30, 2009 in St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wood Lake with burial in the St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Wood Lake. On-line condolences may be sent to Arrangements were handled by the Sunset Funeral and Cremation Association of Echo and Wabasso.

Evelyn Ann Fischer was born April 20, 1917, in Echo Township, Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota to Walter and Lillian (Busiahn) Just. She grew up in Echo Township and attended country school.

On June 18, 1938, she was united in marriage to Melvin Paul Fischer at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wood Lake. They farmed in Echo Township before moving to their farm in Wood Lake Township where they continued to live until Melvin’s death on March 18, 1997. Evelyn moved to Granite Ridge in Granite Falls, then Fieldcrest in Cottonwood, then Renvilla in Renville before entering the Golden Living Center in Olivia in May of 2009. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wood Lake where she sang in the choir and belonged to the Ladies Aid. Evelyn also belonged to a birthday club in Wood Lake. She loved music, playing piano, baking, sewing and spending time in her flower garden.

Evelyn Ann Fischer died on Wednesday, October 28, 2009, in Olivia, Minnesota, surrounded by her loving family, at the age of 92 years, six months and eight days. She is survived by her children; Melvin A. Fischer (Beth) of Shakopee, LaVonne Kreft (Floyd) of Mayer, AZ, Charles Fischer (Karen) of Wood Lake and daughter-in-law Elaine Fischer of Tracy, 13 grandchildren; Michael Fischer, DeAnne Anderson, Mark Fischer, Lynn Wanzek, Kari Landuyt, Jenna Fischer, Troy Fischer, Heidi Cianflone, Holly Rohlik, Trudy Franking, Rhonda Williams, Jeffrey Fischer and Allison King. Also surviving are her 25 great grandchildren, a great great grandson, her sister Elaine Metz (Lew) of Mesquite, NV and a sister-in-law Viola Just of Minnetonka.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Melvin, her son William in 1992, a great grandson Brandon, two brothers Harold and Harlan Just and her sister Orlet Cole. 


Dennis Peterson, 79

Dennis L. Peterson age 79 of Tracy died Tues., Nov. 3, 2009.

Services will be held 11 a.m.  Fri., Nov. 6, 2009 at Tracy Lutheran Church. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 5 at the Almlie Funeral Home in Tracy, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.  The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy is handling the arrangements.



Betty Schreier, 74

Betty Jean Schreier, age 74 of Balaton passed away on Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at the Sanford-Sioux Falls Medical Center. Funeral services were held on Saturday, October 31, 2009 at the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Marshall, MN.

Betty Jean Schreier was born on April 27, 1935 to Raymond and Alice (LaJoie) Greenman in Shetek Township, Murray County.  She graduated from Tracy Public Schools and was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith. 

In July of 1957, Betty married Cleo Schreier at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Currie, MN.  Over the years, they moved several times between Arizona and Balaton area before settling on the farm south of Balaton in 1975. 

Betty was a loving housewife and mother who loved to cook and take care of her family.  She loved flower and vegetable gardening, decorating cakes for her grandchildren’s birthdays, was an avid Minnesota Vikings fan, and most importantly loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In late August of 2009, Betty became a patient at the Sanford- Sioux Falls Medical Center as the result of an auto accident where she died on Tuesday, October 27, 2009 surrounded by her loving family.

Betty is survived by her two sons, Larry Schreier of Lynd, MN and Randy (Connie) Schreier of Balaton, MN; two brothers, Chuck (Alice) Greenman of Longmont, CO and Don (Judy) Greenman of Hutchinson, MN; eight grandchildren, Sarah (and special friend Ryan), Larry Jr., Sheila (and special friend Jason), Shawn, Randy Jr., Chad (Nicole), Jeremy, and Katie; thirteen great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.

Her parents, daughter Suzanne, sister Elaine, and infant brother Raymond Jr. preceded her in death.  Blessed be her memory.

Interment was in the Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Tracy.  The Almlie Funeral Home of Balaton handled the arrangements.  Online condolences may be placed at