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Obituaries from the week of Feb. 10, 2010

Edith DeBlieck, 79

Edith A. DeBlieck age 79 of Tracy, MN died Thursday, February 4, 2010 at the Sanford-Tracy Medical Center in Tracy.  Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy.   Interment was in the Calvary Cemetery in Tracy.  The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy is handling the arrangements.

Edith Ann DeBlieck was born August 27, 1930 to Neal Dow and Anna (Rah) Christensen near Arco, MN, Lincoln County.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith and attended Balaton High School, graduating in 1948.

On May 24 1950, Edith married Norman R. DeBlieck in Tracy, MN. Edith was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy. Their first home was east of Garvin, MN where they began to farm.  In 1963, they moved near Milroy MN, where they continued farming until their retirement in 1991. Upon retiring they moved to Tracy where they currently reside.

Edith was a member of St Michael’s Catholic Church in Milroy.  She currently was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy.  Edith was active in the women’s church groups, having served on Alter and Rosary Society, and participated in the sewing guild.  She also was an active member of the Democratic Farm Labor Party and member of the Milroy & Tracy American Legion Auxiliary.  Edith enjoyed gardening, canning, fishing, camping, and bird watching.  She cherished spending time with her family and friends.   She especially loved quality time with her grandchildren on the farm.  She also treasured traveling with her husband to Belgium and many other places of interest. They spent winters in Mission, TX for 15 years.

Edith entered her heavenly home on Thursday, February 4, 2010 at Sanford-Tracy Medical Center at the age of 79 years after a short courageous battle of pulmonary fibrosis.

Edith is survived by her husband of 59 years, Norman R. DeBlieck of Tracy, MN; two daughters, Marian (Curtis) Feste of Balaton, MN and Conni (Adam) Lucero of Las Cruces, NM; five sons, Paul (Mary) DeBlieck of Redwood Falls, MN, Keith (Diane) DeBlieck of Marshall, MN, Bruce (Phillis) DeBlieck of Willmar, MN, Lee (Sharon) DeBlieck of Marshall, MN and Wayne (Liz) DeBlieck of Granite Falls MN; nineteen grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; and many friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, N. Dow and Anna Christensen, two infant children, Cleone and Thomas, two brothers, Gordon and Donald Christensen, and one sister, Donna Swanson.


Cleo Schreier, 84

Cleo Mathias Schreier, age 84 of Balaton, MN passed away on Friday, February 5, 2010 at the Golden Living Center in Slayton, MN.  Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m. today, Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Marshall, MN. The Almlie Funeral Home of Balaton is handling the arrangements.  Online condolences may be placed at  Blessed be his memory.

Cleo Mathias Schreier was born on November 27, 1925 to Peter Sr. and Alice (Beach) Schreier on the family farm in Lime Lake Township, Murray County.  He attended country school receiving his diploma from Murray County Central and was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith.  After graduating, he farmed with his father and brother, Peter Jr. until being drafted into the U.S. Army on March 9, 1945.  While in the Army, Cleo spent one year in Japan receiving the Army of Occupation Medal, Asiatic – Pacific Service Medal, and the Meritorius Unit Award Victory Medal before being discharged on November 27, 1946.  After his discharge, he went back to work on the family farm.

On July 6, 1957 Cleo married Betty Greenman at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Currie, MN.  Over the years, they moved several times between Arizona and Balaton area before settling on the farm south of Balaton in 1975.

In his early years, Cleo worked in house construction in Arizona and Minnesota before returning to the Balaton area.  He then farmed for many years and also worked for the railroad a few years during this time.

Cleo was a member of the Knights of Columbus, loved farming, especially raising cattle and chickens, liked to help Betty in the garden, take his children fishing, and loved spending time with his family and friends.

In October of 2009, Cleo became a resident of the Golden Living Center in Slayton, MN as the result of an automobile accident where he died on Friday, February 5, 2010.

Cleo is survived by his two sons, Larry Schreier of Lynd, MN and Randy (Connie) Schreier of Balaton, MN; three brothers, Peter Jr. (Evelyn) Schreier of Currie, MN, Darrel (Doris) Schreier of Slayton, MN, and Ronald (Judy) Schreier of Currie, MN; eight grandchildren, Sarah (and special friend Ryan), Larry Jr., Sheila (and special friend Jason), Shawn, Randy Jr., Chad (Nicole), Jeremy, and Katie; fourteen great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

His parents, wife Betty, daughter Suzanne, and sister Roselene preceded him in death.