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Obituaries from the week of June 16, 2010

Lars Jappe, 93

Lars Peter Jappe died peacefully at Avera Morningside Heights Care Center in Marshall on Thursday June 10, 2010.  Funeral services were held Sunday, June 13, 2010 at Christ United Presbyterian Church. 

Lars was born to Valdemar and Anna (Rothe) Jappe on March 6, 1917 near Milroy, MN.  He was baptized in the Parent home on the 13th of May 1917 and later confirmed in the Christ Lutheran Church in Marshall Minnesota.   Lars’ elementary education started in Stanley Township in a country school, after the move  to Sodus Township he completed the 8th grade in District #13 Amiret, Minnesota.  His favorite teacher was Miss Cole.

Lars  enlisted in the U.S. Army in November of 1941.  Training began at  Fort Knox , Kentucky and he  served four years. He was a tank commander in North Africa with the 751st  army battalion.  

On June 29, 1946, Lars was united in marriage to Phyllis Johnson in the Congregational  Federated Church (Christ United Presbyterian Church) in Marshall.  Lars  worked for the Koob Implement Co in Marshall as a mechanic until he began farming.  He farmed the land and had dairy for the main part, traveling when they could.  They moved to Marshall in 2003.   Lars became a resident at Morning Side Heights  just before January 2004.  As a young man, Lars enjoyed playing baseball, horseshoes, tobogganing, dancing and square dancing, woodworking, playing cards.  He  played the accordion and harmonica.  He loved spending time with family, especially with his grandchildren.  All who knew  Lars will remember his kind heart and clever sense of humor.

Lars passed away at the Avera Morningside Heights Care Center on June 10, 2010.  He had reached the age of 93 years, 3 months and 4 days.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis of Marshall; four sons, Lars Jappe Jr. of Queens, NY, William Jappe of Huntington Beach, CA, Robert (Jill) Jappe of Grand Junction CO, and Steven (Patti) Jappe of Denver, CO; nine grandchildren, Jennifer, Nicole, Susan, Sarah, Leah, Morgan, Fallon, Nathan and Jasen; four great- granddaughters, two great-grandsons. and several nieces and nephews, as well as his extended family of compassionate caregivers at Morningside Heights. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters, Agnes (Clarence) Schroeder, and Elsie (Einar) Oftedal.

Condolences may be sent to  The Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall handled the arrangements.


Esther Morgan, 81

Esther E. Morgan 81, of Paynesville, passed away on Thursday, June 10, 2010, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.  A funeral service was held on Tuesday, June 15, 2010, at Paynesville Lutheran Church.  Burial was at Paynesville Cemetery.  A visitation was held on Monday, at Johnson Funeral Home, and continue one hour prior to the service at the church. 

Esther Evelyn Morgan was born on April 9, 1929, in Slayton, the daughter of Elmer and Irene (Orre) Menk. She lived on a farm with her parents and a sister located north of Slayton until she was four.  Her family then moved into Currie where she attended grade school.  She went on to high school in Tracy. On November 18th, 1948 she was united in marriage to Lester Morgan at Zion Lutheran Church in Tracy.  They lived on the Morgan family farm for 40 years, where they raised their three children.  In 1989 they moved to Paynesville where she resided until her passing.

Before her marriage, Esther worked at the hardware store in Currie as a clerk and bookkeeper.  After her marriage, she was a homemaker and mother to two sons and a daughter.  She was also a second mother to three special little neighbor girls that she took care of in her home for twelve years.   

Esther was a member of Paynesville Lutheran Church. She was baptized at Slayton and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Tracy.  Esther was also baptized in the Jordan River in Israel with her son, Dennis.

She was active in many ladies organizations including Twin Lake Ladies Club, Monroe Friendship Club, and PEO Sisterhood Chapter FB since its organization on May 15th, 1993.  Esther enjoyed making homemade greeting cards, traveling, reading, crocheting and spending time with her friends.  Her favorite times, however, were when she could be spending time with her family.

Esther E. Morgan passed away on Thursday, June 10, 2010 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis at the age of 81. 

She is survived by her sons, Bruce (Anne) of Eagan, Dennis (June) of Nashville, TN; daughter, Julie (Pat) of Eagan; grandchildren, Sherri Schuller, Mitch Morgan, Bruce Morgan II, John Morgan, and Brian Thompson; a great grandson, Zachary Schuller.  Esther is also survived by her brother, David (Darlene) Menk of Benson; sisters, Lorraine Leonard of St. Cloud, Eleanor (Gene) Dold, of Currie; and additional dear loved ones include, Buddyboy, Ellie, and Buster. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lester; and brother, Richard Menk. 


Eva Lou O’Brien, 87

Mass of Christian Burial was held for Eva Lou “Evie” O’Brien, age 87, of St. Therese Southwest, formerly of Golden Valley and Tracy, MN, on Tues., June 15, 2010 at the Church of St. Olaf, Minneapolis, MN. 

Evie worked as the chief telephone operator for Northwestern Bell in Tracy, MN.  Following the death of her husband, she was the office manager for Tracy High School.  In 1970 she moved to Mpls., attended and graduated from Minneapolis School of Business.  Evie then resumed her employment with Northwestern Bell/AT&T until her retirement.

She is survived by daughters Maureen “Molly” O’Brien and Jacklyn “Jackie” O’Brien, and special family friend, David Stone; nieces, nephews and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John “Jack” O’Brien; parents; sister, Patricia Rocky, brother and sister-in-law, James and Shirley Kennedy; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Mary Catherine and John Glaser.

Graveside service was held Tuesday, June 15 at Calvary St. Mary’s Cemetery, Tracy, MN.

The Washburn-McReavy Funeral Home in Edina handled the arrangements.


Memorial service

set for Earl Busch


The family of Aggie and Earl Busch will be holding a memorial service with Military Honors for Earl on Saturday, June 19th at 1 PM. The service will be held at St. Ann’s Catholic Cemetery in Slayton, Mn.

Friends and family are invited.



Robert Silvernale, 87

Memorial services were held for Robert (Bob) Silvernale at Currie Presbyterian Church in Currie, MN on Monday, June 14, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. with David Erickson officiating.  The organist was LaDean Lang with special music by Heidi Winter.  The honorary pallbearers were Michelle Storm, Melissa Schulz, Dan Reynolds, Jennifer Hagedorn, Cody Reynolds, Bobbie Leonard, Sara Leonard, and Angie Leonard.  Interment was at Slayton Memorial Gardens, Slayton, MN.

Bob (Butch) Silvernale was born on January 24, 1923 in Shetek Township, Murray County, Minnesota to Perne and Dora Brace Silvernale.  He grew up on the family farm and attended Sunrise Country School until age 8.  Then the family moved to Currie and Bob attended Currie Public School later graduated from Tracy High School in 1941.  Bob worked with his father as a carpenter.  Bob was a professional drummer since the age of 15. 

On January 29, 1945 he and Maxine Noll were married at the Currie Presbyterian Church.  Following their marriage they made their home in Currie with the exception of one year in Washington and one year in Utah.  Bob worked as a carpenter in the area while still playing the drums professionally.  In 1999 they moved to Slayton. 

On June 10, 2010 Bob moved to Our House Hospice Home in Slayton and passed away there on Friday, June 11, 2010 at the age of 87. 

He was a life long member of the Currie Presbyterian Church where he served as elder and treasurer.  He served as past Chief of the Currie Volunteer Fire Department, past President of the Currie Town and Country Booster Club.  He also was a member of the Tracy Men’s Barbershop Chorus and a member of both Slayton and Tracy Community Bands.  Bob was a member and past President of the Murray County Historical Society.  He also served on the advisory board of the Westbrook Good Samaritan Center.  Bob enjoyed fishing, woodworking, bowling, playing cards, Scrabble, and old westerns.  He especially enjoyed spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife, Maxine Silvernale of Slayton, MN, three daughters, Wendy and Ken Steffen of Fulda, MN, Deb and Ken Bassett, and Robin and Rob Leonard both of Currie, MN, eight grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and four step-great-grandchildren, one sister, Zorada Hoge of Brooklyn Center, MN.  He is preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, Perne, Walt, Floyd and John Silvernale, three sisters, Emma Stutz, Angele Filkins, and Dora Stutz.

The Totzke Funeral Home of Slayton handled the arrangements. To view online obituary and send condolences visit