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Obituaries from the week of April 25, 2012

Charles Williams, 88

Charles E. “Chuck” Williams, age 88, of Tracy passed away Sunday, April 22, 2012 at the Golden Living Center in Slayton.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy.  Visitation is one hour prior to services at the church.  Interment is in Tracy City Cemetery.  Online condolences may be sent at  Stephens Funeral Service - Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Charles Edward Williams was born February 4, 1924 in Lisbon, ND to Ernest and Grace Williams.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith.  Chuck graduated from Lisbon High School in 1942.   He enlisted in the US Navy in 1942 and served as Gunners Mate LST in the South Pacific during WWII.  Chuck was honorably discharged in 1945 and returned to St. Paul.  He graduated from the University of Minnesota for Agriculture in 1950, receiving a bachelor’s degree in Animal Husbandry. 

On June 21, 1947 Chuck was united in marriage to Edna Mickelson in Lisbon.  They had five children.  Chuck worked as a cattle buyer.  He bought and operated the East Side Convenience Store in 1970 and later purchased the West Side Store.  Edna passed away in 1979.  Chuck married Nancy Naumann on October 22, 1983, and the couple continued living in Tracy. 

Chuck was a member of the Eagles Club, where he was a charter member, the Tracy American Legion and VFW, and St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing in his younger years, as well as going dancing.  Chuck loved reading, watching sports, especially the Minnesota Twins and Vikings, and talking with and socializing with people. 

Chuck is survived by his wife Nancy; children: Steven Williams of Chicago, IL, Cheri Camp of Belfast, ME, Brett (Ranell) Williams of Park Rapids, Jane (Randy) Swanson of Cannon Falls, and Jody Williams of Los Angeles, CA; stepchildren: Tammara Schons of Tracy and Pamela (Kendal) Cooreman of Tracy; 12 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Edna, brothers Russell and Hubert, and sisters Lucille and Bessann. 


Leah Zwach, 93

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Milroy for Leah Rose Zwach, age 93 of Milroy.  Interment will be in St. Michaels Catholic Cemetery south of Milroy.   The Sunset Funeral & Cremation Association of Echo and Wabasso are handling the arrangements.

Online condolences may be placed at

Leah Rose Zwach was born on May 6, 1918 to Henry and Josephine (Starken) Gorres on the family farm SE of Wanda, Minnesota in Redwood County, Willow Lake Township.  She attended Wanda Public School and was baptized and confirmed at St. Mathias Catholic Church in Wanda.

On January 27, 1941, Leah married Henry Zwach at the St. Mathias Catholic church in Wanda.  They then moved to a farm south of Milroy where they made their home until retiring in 1979 and moving into Milroy.  She was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Milroy and was active in Circle One of the CCW.  She also was involved with the Senior Center in Milroy and the Birthday Club.  After Henry’s death in 1984, she remained at home until 1998 when she moved to Tracy in the O’Brien Court.  In 1999, she moved to the Boulder Estates in Marshall and in 2000 she moved to the Tracy Nursing Home and then To Prairie View Nursing Home in Tracy until her passing.

Leah enjoyed gardening, flowers, embroidery, sewing, puzzles, loved to cook, especially baking cakes, bowling, dancing and traveling.  She liked to go to the Dairy Queen for strawberry sundaes and going to A&W to buy root beer to make her children root beer floats.  She loved to laugh and tell jokes but could sometimes be a little feisty.  She will be dearly missed by her loving family.

   On Sunday, April 22, 2012 Leah passed away at the Prairie View Healthcare Center in Tracy at the age of 93.

Leah is survived by her five children, Diane (Dennis) Sweely of Brownton, MN, Carol (Allen) Schmidt of Marshall, MN, Judy (Dennis) Ozmun of Minneota, MN, Joseph Zwach of Walnut Grove, MN and Joni (Michael) Baune of Vesta, MN; 17 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren; sister-in-laws, Joyce Gorres, Doris Zwach, Bernice Zwach and Carol Kesteloot.

Her parents, husband Henry, brothers, Clarence, Clifford, Leonard, Milton and Victor, sister Agnes Zollner and infant sister Victoria preceded her in death. 

Blessed be the memory of Leah Rose Zwach.