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Obituaries from the week of May 12, 2010

Keith Anderson, 82

Keith C. Anderson age 82 of Balaton, MN died Friday, May 7, 2010 at the Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Balaton.  Services were held on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Balaton.

Keith Carl Anderson was born April 23, 1928 to Carl and Ruth (Hillquist) Anderson in Tyler, MN.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Balaton Methodist Church and attended Balaton Public School, graduating from Balaton High School in 1946.  Keith worked on the family farm for several years before entering the U.S. Army in 1953.  He was stationed in Korea until his honorable discharge in 1955, when he returned to the Balaton area.

On October 11, 1956, Keith married Arlene Sigurdson at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Balaton.  They made their home on a farm near Balaton until Keith quit farming in 1972 and they moved into Balaton.  He then worked for Wendland Bridge Construction and also hauled loads for Stewart’s Concrete. 

Keith enjoyed wood working, reading, deer hunting and tinkering with small engines.  He was a member of the Balaton Sportsmen’s Club and the Balaton American Legion.

In October of 2009, Keith became a resident of the Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Balaton, where he died Friday, May 7, 2010 at the age of 82.

Keith is survived by his one son, Rick (Marla) Anderson of Balaton, MN; three daughters, Becky (Greg) Germscheid of Dassel, MN, Jill (Bob) Gilman of New Prague, MN and Jan Anderson of Hopkins, MN; six grandchildren, Kristina (Greg) Carlson, Megan (Mike) Boerboom, Emmy and Ethan Germscheid, Zachary and Ashlyn Gilman; one sister, Jeanette Herring of Dewey, AZ; nieces, nephews and friends.

His wife, Arlene, parents and one sister, Doreen (Fred) Nielson and one brother-in-law, Roy Herring preceded him in death.

Interment will be in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Balaton.  The Almlie Funeral Home of Balaton is handling the arrangements.  Online condolences may be placed at



Marcella Ruppert, 92

Funeral services for Marcella Evelyn Ruppert were held at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Currie, MN on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 with Fr. Larry Brixius officiating.  The organist was Patty LeClaire with special music by the Immaculate Heart of Mary Choir.  The pallbearers were her grandchildren. 

Marcella Ruppert was born on December 16,1917 on a farm near Fulda, Minnesota to Emmanuel and Anna Mae Puhl Ramert.  In 1931 the family moved to a farm near Dovray, MN.  Marcella grew up on the family farm and graduated from Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Currie, MN in 1935.  She then attended St. Cloud Teacher’s College graduating in 1938.  Following school Marcella taught country school in the Dovray area. 

On September 10, 1940 she and Harold Ruppert were married at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.  They farmed southeast of Currie and raised their ten children.  They retired from farming and continued living on the farm until their move to Currie in 1991.  Harold passed away on February 14, 1992.  Marcella continued living in Currie until 2006 when she moved to Lindenwood Assisted Living in Slayton. 

Marcella became a resident of the Golden Living Center-Slayton on June 1, 2009 and passed away there on May 8, 2010 at the age of 92. 

She was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Currie and was active with the Catholic Daughters, W.C.C.W., taught religious education, sang in the church choir and was a Communion minister.  Marcella enjoyed bird watching, gardening, and spending time with family.  Marcella was a homemaker in every sense of the word, enjoying baking, flowers and needlework.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend who taught unconditional love by giving it.  A gracious women, Marcella will be remembered for her courage, unwavering faith in God, generosity, and her cheerful spirit.

Survivors include her nine children and their spouses; Diane Ruppert and Jim Swatosh of Minneapolis, MN, Gary and Jackie Ruppert of Currie, MN, Dan and Sherry Ruppert of Bloomington, MN, Mary and Chuck Ullery of Rosemount, MN, Carol and Pat Ford of Moorhead, MN, Kathy and Jesse Logero of Lyons, CO, Louise and John Shand of Burnsville, MN, Ceil and Gary Mickelson of Apple Valley, MN, Jan and Steve Mara of Kirkland, WA, daughter-in-law, Stephana Ruppert of Bloomington, MN, 25 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, brother Cleo Ramert and his wife, Mae of Snohomish, WA. 

She is preceded in death by her husband, Harold, son, Doug Ruppert, and several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

Interment was at Calvary Cemetery Currie, MN.

Totzke Funeral Home of Slayton was in charge of arrangements. To send condolences online visit


Regina Silver, 66

Regina Alohanohea (Lover) Silver, 66, a homemaker and 17-year resident of Nevada, passed away May 2, 2010.  

She was born June 5, 1943 in Honolulu, Hawaii and attended school there. Regina met her husband, Dr. James Silver of Tracy, MN, in Florida where she was the featured dancer for the Outrigger Riders, and they were married for 45 wonderful years.  During that time, she made many homes for her family at various Air Force bases in support of her husband’s military position.  

In her youth, she was a Polynesian dance artist and will be remembered in Hawaii for her talent and passion, traveling with the Ray Kinney and Hilo Hattie performing groups among many other professional appearances.  A delightful three-year period of her life was spent on Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, with her husband and family.  

Regina was preceded in death by her father, Jack Hunt; mother, Elizabeth Lover; sister, Luana Clay; and brother, Clifford Hunt.  

She is survived by her husband, James Silver, Col USAF (Ret); children, Maile (Steve) Henson; Moana (Larry) Fisher; Greg Silver; Telu (Hector) Ramos; and Jim (Shin) Silver.  Grandchildren: Leiana and Deryck Henson; Nanea, Kela, and Alana Fisher; Kyle and Kiana Silver; Cody Shields; and Kara Silver.  

Biography, photos, and guest book are available under Regina Silver,  Services were held May 7, 2010 in Henderson, Nevada.