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Obituaries from the week of June 13, 2012

Elizabeth Noyes, 26

Elizabeth Kay Noyes age 26 of Le Center, MN died at her home on Friday, June 8, 2012.  Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 14, 2012 at the Tracy Alliance Church.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.  Interment will be in the Bethel Cemetery, rural Garvin, with a luncheon served immediately following the burial in the church social hall.  The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy is handling the arrangements. 

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Elizabeth Kay Noyes was born August 17, 1985 to Michael Noyes and Geraldine (Bidleman) Bowers in Glenwood, MN.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian Faith and moved with her family to Alexandria, MN when she was two.  She then attended Alexandria Public Schools and graduated from Alexandria High School in 2003.  While in school, Beth was involved in band, choir, cheerleading and loved hanging out with friends and family.

Beth was engaged to Zach Ely of Le Center, MN.  She had lived in Alexandria, Tracy and Le Center, MN and worked several different jobs over the years.  She was a member of the Bethesda Lutheran Church in Alexandria.  Beth enjoyed camping, music, reading, and had a willingness to try new things.

Beth died Friday, June 8, 2012 at her home in Le Center, MN.

She is survived by her children, Serenity Elizabeth Duran of Tracy, MN and Mayisen Paul Buccio of Alexandria, MN;  her mother, Geraldine (Jeffery) Bowers of Tracy, MN; two sisters, Amber Wildman of Nebraska, and Katie Noyes of Alexandria, MN; one brother, Patrick Ramey of Willmar, MN; grandfather, Orlo Bidleman; grandmother, Doris Noyes; aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

Her infant son, Samuel Duran II, grandmother, Mary Ann Bidleman, and grandfather, George Noyes preceded her in death.

Charles Pinckney, 95

Charles D. Pinckney age 95 of Tracy, MN died Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at the Prairie Home Hospice House in Marshall, MN.  A memorial service was held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at the Tracy United Methodist Church.     Interment will be at a later date in the Tracy City Cemetery.  The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy is handling the arrangements.  Online condolences may be placed at

Charles Dayton Pinckney was born on October 15, 1916 to Thomas “Watt” Watkin and Neva (Deming) Pinckney in Tracy, MN. He was the second of three children, with older sister Leona, and younger brother Leslie. Chuck attended Tracy Public Schools, graduating from Tracy High School in 1934. He was involved in athletics and band. As a young man during the depression he worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps. and as a clerk at the Tracy Hotel.

On February 4,1939 Chuck married Evelynn Mae Moran, and in 1941 received an appointment with the U.S. Government Printing Office in Washington D.C.  There he and Evelynn raised their family of three boys; Gary, Brad, and Keith. In 1971 he retired and they returned to Tracy. He filled his retirement years with driving school bus, golfing, bowling, biking and reestablishing old friendships.

Chuck lost Evelynn after 64 years of marriage and then spent his time frequenting the Red Rooster, the Tracy Bakery, and the Tracy Senior Center for noon dinner and afternoons playing pool. After a short stay in the Tracy and University of Minnesota hospitals, he passed away at Prairie Home Hospice on June 5, 2012, at the age of 95.

Chuck is survived by his three sons, Gary and Carole, of Avenue, MD; Brad and Phyllis of Clements, MD; and Keith and Carmen of Stillwater, MN; six grandchildren, Catherine (Alfred) Morgan of Mechanicsville, MD; Elizabeth Lorah, of Avenue, MD; Cameron (Becca) Pinckney, of California, MD, Hope (Mike) Boundaway of Boston, MA; Laura (Joshua) Goin, of Cottage Grove, MN; Thomas Pinckney, of Stillwater, MN; nine great-grandchildren, MaryBeth, Megan, Gregory, Colin, Olivia, Hanna, Audrey, Abigail, and Elise; and 2 great-great grandchildren, Issac and Mason; and one brother, Leslie, of Des Moines, IA.

His wife, Evelynn, sister Leona (Alan) Antonson, and sister-in-law, Vivian Pinckney preceded him in death.

The family requests that memorials be given to the Prairie Home Hospice in Marshall, MN.


Amelia Foster, 88

Amelia Foster age 88 of Walnut Grove, MN died Friday, June 8, 2012 at the Mayo Health Systems in Springfield, MN.  Services will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at the Almlie Funeral Home in Tracy.   Interment will be in the Johnsonville Lutheran Cemetery, north of Walnut Grove, MN at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday.  The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy is handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be placed at

Amelia Eva Foster was born June 30, 1923 to George and Emma (Zamzow) Williams in Walnut Grove, MN, Redwood County.  She was baptized in Willow Lake Township, confirmed in the Revere Lutheran Church and attended Lamberton Public Schools.

On March 4, 1947 Amelia married Darlow Foster in Walnut Grove, MN.  They made their home on a farm near Revere, MN and later near Walnut Grove before retiring into Walnut Grove in 1976.  Amelia worked as a nurse’s aid in the Revere Home for over sixteen years and retired in 1984.

She was a past member of the Revere Lutheran Church and currently was a member of the Johnsonville Lutheran Church, north of Walnut Grove.  In the past she was very active in her church, teaching Sunday School, Summer Bible School and Confirmation classes.  She enjoyed baking bread and cookies, sewing and reading the newspaper each day, but what she really loved was spending time with her family, especially her grand and great grandchildren.

Amelia became a patient of the Mayo Health Systems in Springfield, MN just days before her death, surrounded by her loving family, on Friday, June 8, 2012 at the age of 88.

Amelia is survived by her husband, Darlow Foster of Walnut Grove, MN; Shirley Sliker of Walnut Grove, MN and Bev (Duane) Weedman of Tracy, MN; seven grandchildren, Dan Peterson, Rob (Kim) Peterson, Amber (Jason) Greeley, Heidi (Nick) Bitker, Dustin Weedman, Amanda Weedman and Jeff Sliker; ten great grandchildren, Holden, Chase and Sage Greeley, Kinsley, Emersyn and Meghan Bitker, Hank and Michael Peterson, and Sam and Sean Lemburg; two sisters, Berniece Parker of Glenwood, MN and Gloria Pack of Walnut Grove, MN; nieces, nephews and friends.

Her parents, infant brother, two sons-in-law, Larry Peterson and Fred Sliker, and two brothers-in-law, Charles “Bud” Parker and Warren Pack, preceded her in death.

Ronard Dunk, 70

Ronard “Ronnie” Dunk age 70 of Tracy passed away on Monday, June 4, 2012 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.  According to his wishes, private family services will be held.  Online condolences may be sent at  Stephens Funeral Service - Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Ronard “Ronnie” Dunk was born December 21, 1941 in Oconto, WI to Richard and Ida (Minchk) Dunk.  He attended B.A. Kennedy School in Prairie du Chien, WI.  He enlisted in the U.S. Army on April 23, 1964 and served until April 22, 1970.  On February 14, 1969 he was united in marriage to Janice Johnson in Waukegan, IL.  Ronnie enjoyed playing horseshoes and pool, fishing, and spending time with his nieces and nephews. 

Ronnie is survived by his wife Janice; brothers Kenneth and Steve Dunk; sister Barb (Esser) Dunk; and many nieces and nephews.   He is preceded in death by his parents and brother Richard. 

Lottie Gempeler, 99

Lottie J. Gempeler age 99 of Balaton, MN died Monday, June 11, 2012 at the Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Balaton.  Services will be 10:30 AM Saturday, June 16, 2012 at Trinity Church in Balaton.  Visistation will be from 4:00 until 8:00 PM Friday, June 15, 2012 at the Almlie Funeral Home in Balaton, with a prayer service at 7:00 PM.  Interment will be in the Lakeside Cemetery in Balaton, with a luncheon served in the church social hall immediately following the burial.  The Almlie Funeral Home of Balaton is handling the arrangements.

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Hazel Hanson, 93

Hazel I. Hanson age 93 of Sturgis, SD, formerly of Tracy, MN died Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at the Sturgis Senior Care Center in Sturgis.  Services will be 10:00 AM Monday, June 18, 2012 at the Almlie Funeral Home in Tracy.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Monday.  Interment will be in the Tracy City Cemetery, with a luncheon served immediately following in the Tracy United Methodist Church social hall.  The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy is handling the arrangements.

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Hazel Irene Hanson was born April 1, 1919 to Gus and Grace (Hinds) Mann in Marshall, MN.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith and attended Marshal Public Schools.  As a young woman she began her nursing career at the “old” Weiner Memorial Hospital in Marshall.  She continued nursing following a marriage and three children, Joey, Grace and David.

On March 11, 1950 Hazel married Verdun C. Hanson and they made their home on a farm near Amiret, MN.  In the years that followed two more daughters, Jackie and Judy, were born and Hazel became a nurse at the Tracy Nursing Home.  She retired from nursing in 1991 after over fifty years.  She then worked as Activities Director at Tracy Nursing Home for several years. After her husband’s death Hazel remained on the farm until 1993, when she moved to Lamberton, MN to be near her daughter, Grace and her family.  After Grace’s sudden death Hazel made her home with her daughters, Jackie, during the summer months and Judy, during the winter months, then later, she stayed in Vale, SD.

She was a past member of the Amiret Methodist Church and when that closed, she became a member of the Tracy United Methodist Church.  Hazel enjoyed riding horses in years past, crafts, reading, playing cards and gardening, especially her flowers.  She loved to decorate inside and outside of her home for the holidays and her house was featured many times in local papers.

Following a fall at home, Hazel became a resident of the Sturgis Care Center in Sturgis, SD, where she died Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at the age of 93.

Hazel is survived by her two sons, Leo “Joe” (Elfriede) Evans of Rochester, MN and David (Joyce) Evans of Wells, MN; two daughters, Jackie (Jack) Buysse of Valley Springs, SD and Judith (Virlane) Lang of Vale, SD; eleven grandchildren; two great grandchildren; son-in-law, Richard Weedman of Lamberton, MN; nieces, nephews and friends.

Her husband, Verdun, daughter, Grace Weedman, grandson, Bryan Evans, great grandson, Derek Evans, three brothers, Phillip (June) Mann, Ward (Katherine) Mann, and Keith Mann, and one sister, Helen (Kenneth) Williams preceded her in death.