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Obituaries from the week of Oct. 17, 2012

Annola Pagel, 94

Annola “Nook” Pagel passed away Saturday October 13, 2012 at the age of 94 in Morris, Minnesota. 

Annola was born to Herman and Laura (Saathoff) Dunteman on December 31, 1917 in Amiret Township, Lyon County, MN.  She attended grade school in Amiret and graduated from Tracy High School. 

Annola was married to William Pagel on February 5, 1935.  After farming in the Amiret area for a number of years, they began racing Harness Horses in the 1950’s.After racing throughout Minnesota, Iowa, Canada, the Dakota’s and Eastern United States they retired in 1989 to Geff, IL.  After William died in 1990 Annola lived in Geff, IL and then  Norco, CA.  She moved to the Grandview Apartments in Morris in 2004 and in 2011 moved to West Wind Village in Morris.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sons William, John and Dale, brother Gerald, sister Viona, sons-in-law Kenneth Nelson and Victor Senn. 

Annola is survived by daughters Muriel Nelson, Minnetonka, MN, Lilyne Senn, Norco, CA; sons Leslie “Bud” (Betty) Pagel, Brainerd, MN, Wayne (Darla) Pagel, St. Louis Park, MN,  Dan (Linda) Pagel, Morris, MN, daughter-in-law Joyce Pagel, Geff, IL; 15 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great-grandchildren; sisters Rosalyn Zvorak, Cold Spring, MN, Laureen Harris, Cloquet, MN, and sister-in-law Barbara Stromswold, Mankato, MN; and many cousins, nieces and nephews, and friends.

Services will be Saturday October 20, 2012 at 11:00 a.m., visitation 1 hour prior to service, Tracy Area Funeral Home, Tracy MN.  Burial at the Amiret Cemetery.  Following burial a luncheon will be provided at the funeral home. 


Wayne Wiese, 73

Wayne Wiese was born on August 11, 1939 in Heron Lake, Minnesota to Harry and Clara Grunig Wiese.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Methodist Faith.  The family later moved to a farm in Holly Township, Murray County and Wayne attended Tracy High School graduating in 1957. Wayne served in the National Guard from 1957 to 1963. 

On  May 21, 1961 he and Bonnie Artz were married in Tracy, MN.  Following their marriage they made their home in Pipestone, MN and Wayne started working for Northern States Power Company as a lineman.  In 1977 they returned to Tracy until 1986 when they moved to Slayton where Wayne was District Representative for NSP. Wayne retired in 1995.  Wayne was a member of the Hiawatha Club and worked on the lighting crew for the Hiawatha Pageant in Pipestone.  He also was a member of the Slayton Kiwanis. 

Wayne passed away on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at Our House Hospice Home in Slayton at the age of 73. 

Wayne was a member of the United Methodist Church in Slayton.  Wayne enjoyed bird watching, hunting, fishing, and camping with family and friends.  Gardening was a passion for Wayne.  He always had a large garden and would share the bounty with many.

Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Wiese of Slayton, MN, three children and their spouses, Wendy and Steven Rode of Lino Lakes, MN, Julie and Kent Johnston of Tracy, MN, and Scott and Lori Wiese of Brandon, SD, seven grandchildren Nick and Nathan Rode, Will, Kate and Anna Johnston, and Britani and Charlie Wiese, one sister, Patsy Hutchins of Eugene, OR, two brothers-in-law, Vernon Holbrook of Moreno Valley, CA, Gene Bratsch and his wife, Marilyn of Minnetonka, MN, two sisters-in-law, Betty Bloch and her husband, Wally of Okabena, MN and Marian Warren and her husband, Tom of Marshall, MN, and many nieces, nephews and good friends. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, sister, Janice Holbrook, and sister-in-law, Lois Bratsch.

A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at Juniper’s Bar and Grill at 3124 Juniper Ave. in Slayton, MN from 1-4 p.m.  In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to Hospice of Murray County.  Totzke Funeral Home of Slayton is entrusted with arrangements. To send condolences visit