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Obituaries from the week of February 4, 2009

Wayne Buzzell, 80
Lorraine Carlson, 80
Mary "Ibby" Snider, 86
Arnold Terhark, 73

Wayne Buzzell, 80

Funeral services for Wayne E. Buzzell, age 80, of Davenport, IA and Mountain Home, Ark., were held on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009 at the Cunnick-Collins Mortuary Chapel in Davenport.  Burial followed at the Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery.  Mr. Buzzell died on Friday, Jan. 23, 2009 at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf.

Wayne Elwood Buzzell was born on December 24, 1928, the son of Mark and Minnie (Canedy) Buzzell in Tracy, MN.

He married Wilma Mae Wells on January 1, 1949, in Tracy.  She preceded him in death on November 1, 2000.

Mr. Buzzell served as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army during the Korean conflict.  Following his military obligations, he worked as an independent truck driver, owning and operating Wayne Transfer Company for over 25 years.  His memberships include the American Legion, First United Methodist Church, Elks Lodge 1714 and the Quad-City In-Fisherman.  His favorite pastime was spending time fishing on the river or lake and playing cards.

Survivors include four daughters, Roxanne (Bill) Lipes of Davenport, Melanie (Dennis) Menken of Des Moines, Sue Ellen Buzzell of Davenport, and Wendy (Brian) Matis of Austin, Texas; a son, John M. Buzzell of Davenport; two brothers, Lee (Eileen) Buzzell of Bettendorf and Donald (Pat) Buzzell of St. Cloud, MN; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Paulette Patch; three brothers and six sisters.

Memorials may be made to Quad-City In-Fisherman.

Lorraine Carlson, 80

Funeral services were held at Lake Sarah Lutheran Church in Garvin, MN on Saturday, January 31, 2009 for Lorraine Carlson. Rev. Jon Marburger officiated.  The organist was Myra Kronke with special music by Lori Schmidt.  The pallbearers were her grandchildren. 

Lorraine Carlson was born on October 6, 1928 on the family farm in Murray County, Minnesota to George and Lillian Morin Schaffer.  She grew up on the farm and attended country school.  She later attended Cosmetology School in Mankato, MN. Following school Lorraine worked at Kelly’s Beauty Shop in Tracy. 

On June 30, 1948 she and Roy Carlson were married at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Currie, MN.  Following their marriage they farmed west of Lake Shetek until 1968.  Roy passed away on May 22, 1995.  Lorraine remained on the farm for one year before moving to Garvin in 1996. 

Lorraine passed away on January 28, 2009 at her home in Garvin at the age of 80.  Lorraine enjoyed spending time outdoors, gardening, and baking. 

Survivors include her eleven children and their spouses, Tom and Shirley Carlson of Slayton, MN, Kathleen and Doug Bloemke of Winona, MN, James and Jane Carlson of Garvin, MN, Paulette and Joe Stefanick of Garvin, MN, Robert and Mary Jo Carlson of Mountain Lake, MN, Francis and Sandy Carlson of Garvin, MN, Camilla and Jim Schmidt of Flandreau, SD, Marlene and Robbie Morgan of Tracy, MN, John and Lori Carlson of Tracy, MN, Joel Carlson of West Concord, MN, and Michael and Melissa Carlson of Granite Falls, MN, 30 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, one brother, Harold Schaffer and his wife, Verna of Slayton, MN, one sister, Rosaline Pyle and her husband, Floyd of Oxnard, CA. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Roy, four grandchildren, Nicholas Carlson, Daniel Carlson, Danielle Carlson, and Shane Carlson, five sisters, Alice Buse, Louis Jens, Laura Busch, Lila Shafer, Leona Schaffer, and one brother, George Schaffer.

Interment was at Bethany Cemetery, rural Slayton, MN with the Totzke funeral Home of Slayton handling the arrangements.

Mary “Ibby” Snider, 86

A private family service was held at the Totzke Funeral Home in Slayton, MN on Saturday, January 31, 2009 for Mary “Ibby” Snider. Rev. Jon Marburgaer officiated.  Interment was at Slayton Memorial Gardens, Slayton, MN

Mary “Ibby” Elizabeth Snider was born on March 14, 1922 in St. Paul Minnesota to John and Grace Bliekiron Price.  She grew up in Slayton and graduated from Slayton High School 1940.  Following high school Mary attended Hamline University in St. Paul graduating in 1946 with a BA in education.  She then taught high school commercial class and history in Lakefield and Dassel. 

On September 12, 1949 she and Norvel “Steve” Snider were married at the Trinity Methodist Church in St. Paul.  Following their marriage they lived in Slayton. Steve passed away on May 26, 2007.  In March 2007.

Ibby became a resident of the Golden Living Center-Slayton and passed away on January 29, 2009 at the age of 86. 

She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Slayton.  She also was a member of the Eastern Star and served as Worthy Matron.   Ibby enjoyed reading, crosswords and watching old movies on TV.

Survivors include her daughter, Sally Ann Reese of Tracy, MN, two grandchildren, Dallas and his wife, Ashley of Slayton, and Hope Reese of Tracy.  She is preceded in death by her parents, and husband, Steve and infant daughter, Susan Snider.

Arnold Terhark, 73

Arnold H. Terhark age 73 of Balaton, MN died Monday, February 2, 2009 at the Avera-Marshall Medical Center in Marshall, MN.  Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 6, 2009 at the Balaton Methodist Church.  Visitation will be from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 5, 2009 at the Balaton Methodist Church with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. and continuing one hour prior to the service on Friday.  Interment will be at the Lakeside Cemetery in Balaton, followed by a luncheon at the Balaton Community Center.  The Almlie Funeral Home of Balaton is handling the arrangements.

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Arnold “Arnie” Henry Terhark was born February 14, 1935 to Henry and Florence (Jorgensen) Terhark on a farm north of Balaton, MN.  He attended country school and as a young boy moved with his family to a farm south of Balaton in Murray County.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Balaton Methodist Church.  When Arnie was 14 he moved into Balaton to live with his Grandmother and attended Balaton Public Schools, graduating from Balaton High School in 1953.  After graduating he went to work for Miller Chevrolet in Balaton for a couple years before being drafted into the U. S. Army in 1956.

On July 19, 1957 Arnie married June Wendorff at the Tracy Lutheran Church and they made their home on Military bases until he received his honorable discharge.  They returned to live in Balaton and Arnie went to work for Miller Chev in Balaton.  Then later Arnie became part owner in A&M Standard for a short time, before he purchased the business in 1972 and it became known as Arnie’s Standard Station.  He sold the business to his son-in-law when he retired in 2000, but it has remained Arnie’s Standard to this day.  In his retirement, Arnie worked part time for Cenex in Balaton in many different capacities.

Arnie was very active over the years, in his church and his community.  He was a life long member of the Balaton Methodist Church, where he served on the church council, holding many different officer positions, as SPPRC chairman.  He served on the Balaton City Council, Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, Lyon County Park Board, and served on the Balaton Fire Department and Ambulance Service for over twenty years, during which he served as Fire Chief.  He was a member of the Balaton American Legion, holding the position of Gaming Manager for many years.  Arnie enjoyed bowling, fishing, playing cards with his family and he loved following his grandchildren in their many school activities and sporting events.

On Monday, February 2, 2009 Arnie passed away at the Avera-Marshall Medical Center in Marshall, MN at the age of 73.

Arnie is survived by his wife, June Terhark of Balaton, MN; four daughters, Kathy (Dennis) Mitchell of Garvin, MN, Debbie (Kevin) Stibbe of Balaton, MN, Becky Johnson of Balaton, MN and Sherry (Mike) Carter of Marshall, MN; seven grandchildren, Kyle and Chad Stibbe, Josh and Katie Carter, Justin and Jordan Johnson and Nick Mitchell; one brother, Jerry (Beth) Terhark of Tyler, MN; four sisters, Mary Carlson of Rushford, MN, Betty Olthoff of Sioux Falls, SD, Carol Fielder of Tuttle, OK and Barbara (Chuck) Dokka of Oakdale, MN; one sister-in-law, Kathy Terhark of Amery, WI; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

His parents, one brother, Jim, one sister and her husband, Shirley and Paul Nelson and two brother-in-laws, Wesley Carlson and Chuck Fielder preceded him in death.