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Obituaries from the week of June 9, 2010

Harold Anderson, 96

Harold D. Anderson age 96 of Balaton, formerly of Garvin, died on Wednesday, June 2, 2010 at the Colonial Manor in Balaton.  Funeral Service were held on  Saturday, June 5, 2010 at the Garvin Congregational Church in Garvin, MN.  The Almlie Funeral Home of Balaton handled the arrangements.  Condolences may be placed at 

Harold Dale Anderson was born February 21, 1914 to George and Lois (Collinson) Anderson at Carthage, SD.

In 1920 Harold moved with his family to Howard, SD.  He attended country school and graduated from Howard High School.  They farmed by Vilas, SD from 1932 until 1940 when he moved with his folks to Minnesota to a farm north of Lynd.  In 1943 they moved to a farm by Garvin, MN.

Harold and Myrna Melligan Christensen were married April 14, 1945 in the Methodist Parsonage in Tracy.  Harold enjoyed farming and was driving tractor yet when he was 90.  They lived on the same farm for 62 years.  In September of 2007 Harold and Myrna moved in to Lakeview Senior Housing in Balaton.  They enjoyed seeing the lake and all the big trucks going by.  In December of 2008 Harold became a resident at the Colonial Manor in Balaton.

Harold served as a 4H leader for 21 years.  He enjoyed taking young people to the State Fair to show livestock or perform demonstrations.

Harold was a member of the Garvin Congregational Church where he served as deacon for more than 40 years and also was Sunday School Superintendent.  He also was involved in Bible Studies and sang with the choir and special music.

He was a member of the Garvin Senior Citizens, a neighborhood card club, and enjoyed musical programs and traveling.

Harold spent many years in the woodshop making articles for family and friends.  He made numerous items for his wife, each child, grandchild and great grandchild which we really treasure.

Harold passed away June 2nd after loving care by nurses and staff at the Balaton Care Center and Hospice.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife Myrna, daughter Donna Miller of Balaton, stepsons David (Judy) Christensen of Pipestone, and Dennis (Marilyn) Christensen of Garvin, 7 grandchildren: Denise (Sylvan) TeKrony, Scott (Julie) Christensen, Eric Christensen, Randy Miller (and friend Kara), Cathy (Randy) Scheid, Mary (Dan) Texidor, Karen Christensen, 4 great grandchildren: Andrew, Kelsey, Jay Christensen, and Veronica Scheid, 1 brother Lester (Shirley) Anderson and 1 sister-in-law Marjorie Anderson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Ethel Scheer and Iris Zimmerman, brother Leland Anderson, 2 brother-in-laws Elmer Scheer and Marvin Zimmerman, sister-in-law Iverene Anderson, son-in-law Gary Miller, daughter-in-law Joan Christensen, and grandson Ryan Miller.

May we always remember the great example Harold was for all of us.


Jeffrey Cleland, 55

Jeffrey A. Cleland age 55 of Tracy, MN died Thursday, June 3, 2010 at his home on Lake Shetek.  Services are pending at this time.  The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy is handling the arrangements.

Norma Imker, 80

Memorial service for Norma June Imker, age 80, of Lamberton, formerly of Milroy, MN will be at 10:00 a.m. on  Saturday, June 12, 2010 at LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom, MN with Pastor Terry Frovik officiating.  Burial will follow services at Lakeview Cemetery in Windom.

Visitation will be Saturday, June 12, 2010, from 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. at LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom. 

Norma June Imker passed away Thursday, June 3, 2010 at the New Ulm Hospital in New Ulm, MN.

She is survived by her husband, Lester Imker of Lamberton; one son, Doug Lackie of Milroy; two grandchildren, Bailey Lackie and Andrew Lackie; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives.

Arrangements are under the care of LaCanne Family Funeral Service in Windom.

Condolences can be sent online to


August Van de Wiele, 76

A Celebration of Life service for August Victor Van De Wiele, 76, of Marshall, will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 10, 2010, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Marshall.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. with a CCW Rosary at 4:00 p.m. and a Parish Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. at Rehkamp – Horvath Funeral Home in Marshall.  Visitation will continue from 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.  Interment will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Tracy.

August died in the arms of his loved ones on Sunday, June 6, 2010, at the Avera Regional Medical Center in Marshall after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Augie Van De Wiele was born on September 30, 1933, to George and Elisa (Maeyaert) Van De Wiele in Walnut Grove, MN.  He was baptized, received First Communion, and Confirmed at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy.  Augie attended Springdale Township Country School.  In 1953, he entered the United States Army and returned to farm outside of Walnut Grove, MN, in 1955.  He married Marlene Turbes in 1957.  Together, they raised three children; Bernie, Marge and Greg.  Marlene passed away on July 6, 1995.

Augie retired from farming in 1998.  He married Jan Olson on August 11, 2001, and moved to Marshall where they began a life together.  Augie had a passion for life and touched the lives of many with his infectious smile.   He was one of the founders of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant for which he volunteered for 25 years and served as president.  He built much of the set that is still used today.  He was a member of the Walnut Grove Lions Club.  Augie enjoyed spending time with family and friends, watching sunsets at the lake, taking many memorable trips to Florida with Jan, and building beautiful projects from wood.  These are only a few of the pleasures Augie enjoyed for the last 15 years of his life.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Jackie Esping and her caring staff within the Daybreak setting at Morningside Heights, to the caregivers at Minneota Manor and the Avera Regional Medical Center for their compassion for Augie during his illness with Alzheimer’s disease.

Survivors include his wife of eight years, Jan, his three children Bernie (and Butch) Nielsen of Salt Lake City, UT, Marge Lenhart of Albert Lea, Greg (and Jaime) Van De Wiele of Draper, UT, his three step-children Rick (and Kim) Olson, Kristi (and Ed) Olson-Raff, Amy (and Paul) Ingebrigtson, all of Marshall, grandchildren Darrin, Kayla, Kelsey, Mattea, Kiana, Nic, Sydni, Sam, Gavin, Tyler; brothers and sisters Alice Vandendriessche, Mary Vandeputte, Julie (and Jim) Claeys, Richard (and Pearl) Van De Wiele, Raymond (and Beverly) Van De Wiele, Maurice (and Judy) Van De Wiele, many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.  He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marlene, his parents, George and Elisa, his brother Oscar and his granddaughter Maleah.

In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Avera Adult Day Care.

Laura Lee, 81

Laura Lee, age 81, of Marshall, passed away at the Prairie View Healthcare Center in Tracy on Tuesday, June 1, 2010. Memorial services were held on Friday, June 4, 2010 at the Hamilton Funeral Home, in Marshall. Condolences may be sent to

Laura V. Lee was born to George and Vinnie (Robbins) Vogt on March 4, 1929 in Marshall. She was baptized and confirmed at the First Presbyterian Church in Currie.

On March 11, 1954, Laura was united in marriage to Kenneth C. Lee in Flandreau, SD. They made their home in Marshall. She enjoyed being a homemaker and mother.

Kenneth passed away on November 14, 2001. Laura passed away at the Prairie View Healthcare Center Tracy was reunited with Kenneth on Tuesday, June 1, 2010.

She is survived by her five children, Allan Willhite of Tracy, Robert Willhite of Slayton, Barbara Reisner of Ogalla, NE, Mary Shultz of Wheatland, WY and Sherri Wessells of Spring Valley; 13 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren; a brother, LeRoy Vogt of Willmar; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Kenneth.

Laura’s family was thankful for every day they had with her. They are especially thankful for Barbara Vinson’s (Allan’s fiance’) spending daily time, shopping and doing other activities with Laura in the past months.

Laura was a faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church of Tracy.

Blessed Be The Memory of Laura Lee.