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Obituaries from the week of Oct. 13, 2010

Craig Haugo, 47

Craig Allan Haugo, age 47,  passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, September 30, 2010 at his home in Gilbert, Arizona. Craig was born on September 25, 1963 in Park Rapids, MN to John and Sharon Haugo.

Funeral services and interment were held on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 in Gilbert. He is buried at Valley of the Sun Memorial Park in Chandler, AZ. A memorial service is scheduled for 7:00 pm, Thursday, October 14 at Atonement Lutheran Church, 1980 Silver Lake Road, New Brighton, MN.

During his youth the Haugo family lived in New Brighton, MN. Craig is a graduate of Totino-Grace High School and University of Wisconsin-Superior. Craig also earned an MBA from the University of Phoenix. From 1988 until 2002 he served as a district and regional manager for Champs and Finish Line sporting goods stores.

Since 2002 Craig has been owner/president of Valhalla Holdings, a publishing company for community organizations.

A talented athlete, Craig was an all-conference QB and all-state catcher in high school, and QB and captain of his college team. He had pro football tryouts with the Packers and Patriots.

In recent years he has been active in community and church activities as a youth coach and teacher. Craig especially loved coaching his children’s teams. He was an active outdoorsman who loved hiking, biking, camping, fishing and hunting.

Craig touched the lives of many people. A devout Christian he was widely respected for his leadership, integrity, and family values.

Craig will be greatly missed by family, neighbors and those who worked with him. Craig is survived by his wife of 21 years Holly Jane (Redfearn) Haugo, daughter Kelsi Jane Haugo, and son Brady John Haugo, of Gilbert. He also survived by his parents John and Sharon Haugo of Hudson, WI, brothers Mark Haugo of Phoenix and Erik Haugo of Minneapolis, and a sister Kristin Marie Haugo-Jones of Tracy, MN.


Marguerite Peck, 91

Marguerite A. Peck age 91 of Arlington, Minnesota passed away on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Arlington.  Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at Lake Sarah Lutheran Church in Garvin.  Interment was in Hoiland Cemetery near Garvin.  Online condolences may be sent at  The Tracy Area Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

Marguerite Ann Peck, daughter of David and Florence (Briard) Klein, was born December 13, 1918 at Burke, South Dakota.  She lived in northern Minnesota until age six, when she moved to Tracy and attended school there. 

On December 22, 1934 Marguerite was united in marriage to Edward Peck. They made their home at Garvin, farming and raising a family.  In 1953 they moved to Tracy where Marguerite worked at a restaurant.  In 1956 they moved to Springfield where she ran the Cozy Café.  Marguerite was known for her great homemade rolls and pies.  In 1962 they moved to Mankato, and in 1963 on to Minneapolis, where they lived until they retired and moved to Braham.  In 1993 they moved to Cambridge where they lived until 2002 when they moved to Arlington, where God called her Home. 

Marguerite was able to celebrate 67 years of marriage to her husband Edward.  She didn’t seem to have time for many hobbies, but she enjoyed canning and freezing from her huge garden, all the tomatoes, beets and green beans, and the jelly, jams and apple butter.  Marguerite’s hobby seemed to be taking care of others.  She even canned extra for her children, and helped with her grandchildren as much as she had time for.  Marguerite also enjoyed doing search and find puzzles and loved putting puzzles together.  In some of her spare time she might have played solitaire or gin runny.  She usually won!  Marguerite was loved by many and had the courage to help her husband through his complicated health issues even though she had plenty of her own. 

Marguerite is survived by her children: Darrold (Berneida) of Slayton, Robert (Linda) of Harris, Dennis (Kathy) of Foreston, and Betty (Gene Roiger) of Arlington; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren; brothers: Elmer, Melvin, Dale, Richard, and Lyle Klein; step half brothers Dennis, Duane and Darrel Klein; and many other relatives and beloved friends.  She is preceded in death by her husband Edward, parents David and Florence Klein, and her brother David Klein. 



Eldon Platcek, 71

Eldon Peter Platcek of Two Harbors, MN, formally of Tracy, MN, died on October 1st, 2010 in Two Harbors, MN.

Eldon was born in Trimont, MN to Arnie and Amelia (Lenertz) Platcek on March 9th, 1939. Eldon was raised in Trimont, MN until moving to Tracy. Eldon spent most of his childhood in Tracy, graduating high school in 1957 from Tracy High School.  After graduating from High School, Eldon moved to Croftville, MN where his family owned a resort. Eldon attended UMD and worked for the forestry service while attending college. Eldon then moved to Grelley, Colorado where he earned his teaching diploma from Colorado State University.

Eldon then returned back to Tracy, Minnesota where he was joined in marriage to Marlene Dawn Pagel of Amiret, MN on October 20th, 1973. Eldon worked for the City of Tracy for a short time and at the Tracy Bottling Company until closing in 1985. At this time Eldon and family moved to Fort Collins, Colorado, staying there until 1988.  Eldon then returned to Tracy, where he  worked at Greenwood Nursery. In 1998 Eldon and family moved to Two Harbors where he was employed by the Lake County Historical Society.

Eldon was interested in many different historical events as in the Fur Trade and the history of the Civil War. Eldon attended Rendezvous quite often, which was the re-inactment of the Fur Trade Era. He enjoyed collecting lost Indian artifacts around the Lake Shetek area. Eldon also enjoyed collecting old bottles, guns and coins. Eldon’s other past times also included going to bottle shows, walking shores of any lake he could find for arrowheads or agates.

Eldon was preceded in death by his parents.

Eldon is survived by his wife of 36 years, son: Tony (Laura) Platcek of Two Harbors, daughter: Elizabeth (Scott) Lichtsinn of Tyler, MN, daughter: Sara (Darin) Goettig of Tracy, MN, daughter: Augusta (Will) Jerek of Williston, ND and son: Christopher Platcek of Two Harbors; ten grandchildren: Sam Zahnow, Austin Goettig, Andrew Lichtsinn, Coltyn Goettig, Riley Lichtsinn, Zack Jerek, Jamie Platcek, Victoria Platcek, Ethan Lichtsinn and Lilly Jerek.

Visitation was at 10 a.m. with an 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday October 5, 2010 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy MN. To sign the online guestbook please visit