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Obituaries from the week of April 28, 2010

Myrtle Muenchow, 99

Myrtle F. Muenchow age 99 of Tracy passed away Friday, April 23, 2010 at the Sanford Tracy Medical Center in Tracy.  Funeral services were held on Monday, April 26 at Zion Lutheran Church in Tracy.     Interment was in the Tracy City Cemetery.  Online condolences may be sent via  The Tracy Area Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Myrtle F. Muenchow was born January 2, 1911 in Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota to Madison and Gertrude (Henrikson) Gibbs.  She attended school in Belveiw, MN.  After graduation, she went on to “normal training” and taught country school.  On May 12, 1933 Myrtle was united in marriage to Albert H. Muenchow.  After marriage, Myrtle was a farmwife until the late 1950’s when she started teaching school again at Amiret and Tracy, and she continued her education until she received her teaching degree.  Myrtle continued teaching until her retirement.  She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Tracy, serving as the organist for many years, a Sunday School teacher, and was also active in the Ladies’ Aid.  Myrtle enjoyed gardening; especially raising flowers, and she enjoyed playing the organ and piano.  She was an avid Twins fan and would listen to nearly every game.

Myrtle is survived by her sons: Marlin (Karyn) Muenchow of Tracy, Marvin Muenchow of McDonough, GA, and Larry (Sue) Muenchow of Tracy; 9 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Albert, and sisters Leona and Evelyn. 



Vickie Ourada, 61

Vickie Ourada age 61 of Walnut Grove passed away peacefully Sunday, April 25, 2010 at Immanuel St. Joseph Hospital in Mankato.  Visitation will be 4:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday, April 29 at the Walnut Grove Funeral Home with a prayer service immediately following.  Online condolences may be sent via  The Walnut Grove Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Vickie Ourada was born September 6, 1948 in Lamberton, Minnesota to Raymond and Selma (Benson) Wells.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.  Vickie attended school in Tracy, Minnesota and later received her license as a beautician.  On October 14, 1967 Vickie was united in marriage to Richard Ourada in Tracy, Minnesota.  Vickie worked as a beautician for several years and later ran a daycare out of her home.  She sold Avon products for a number of years and also cleaned house for elderly people in the area.  Vickie was proud to be a housewife for many years as well.  More recently, Vickie was a Tour Coordinator for bus tours.  She loved gardening and raising her flowers, crocheting, working with ceramics, baking, and cooking.  She also enjoyed camping and Bullhead fishing.  Vickie’s family was very important to her, and she always put others before herself.

Vickie is survived by her husband Richard of Walnut Grove; sons Rick (Connie) Ourada of Walnut Grove, John (Teresa) Ourada of Walnut Grove, Jason (Lisa) Ourada of Wabasso; grandchildren: Jessica, Derick, Joshua, Jillian, Cora, Evelyn, David, and one on the way; brother Dermont (Bonnie) Wells of Spicer, sister Janice (Andy) DeBlieck of Fresno, CA; brother-in-law Steve (Bette) Ourada of Walnut Grove; and many other relatives and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Jim and Roger Wells, and sister Joyce Monahan.