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Obituaries from the week of December 19, 2012

Gerald Bassett, 90

Funeral Services for Gerald Joseph Basset were held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Currie, MN on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. James Seitz officiating.  The organist was  Patty LeClaire.  The song leader was Kathy Jo Johns.  The pallbearers are Eric Bassett, Chuck Bassett, Ronnie Bassett, Jennifer Donahue, Liz Gawel, Jessica Bassett Gibson and Buffy Glowinke.  The honorary pallbearers are Dave Bassett, Randy Bassett, Don Bassett, Dean Bassett, Art Boisvert and Ed Donahue.  Interment as at Calvary Cemetery Currie, MN.

Jerry Bassett was born on March 13, 1922 on the family farm west of Currie, Minnesota. He was the eighth of nine children born to Peter and Lydia LaPlante Bassett.  He grew up on the family farm and attended country school. 

On January 29, 1945 he and Beatrice Ward were married at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Currie, MN.  Following their marriage they lived with Jerry’s parents for a time before taking over the family farm.  In 1987, they retired and moved to a home on Lake Shetek where they spent their summers.  Their winters were spent in Mesa, AZ.  In 2009 they sold the lake home and moved to Currie. 

Jerry passed away on December 6, 2012 at A Lot of Care Hospice in Mesa, AZ at the age of 90 after suffering a stroke on November 3, 2012. 

Jerry was a lifelong member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Currie where he served as usher.  He also was active with Currie Town and Country and The Farm Bureau.  Jerry enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, fishing, bowling, golfing and playing cards.  Jerry was proud to be a lifelong resident of Currie. 

Survivors include his wife, Beatrice Bassett of Currie, MN, six children and their spouses, Carol and Art Boisvert of St. George, UT, Linda and Ed Donahue of Burnsville, MN, David and Shelly Bassett of Currie, MN, Randy and Sharon Bassett of Currie, MN, Don and Karen Bassett of Fridley, MN and Dean Bassett of Phoenix, AZ, 15 grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and one brother, Colbert (Corky) Bassett of Worthington, MN. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, two older brothers, two brothers, Raymond and Peter Bassett, and three sisters, Ursula Daly, Priscilla McNulty and Francille Scott.   

Totzke Funeral Home of Slayton is entrusted with arrangements. To send condolences visit


Robert Holden, 78

Robert E. Holden, 78, of Spicer, died Saturday, December 15, at Glen Oaks Care Center in New London.

Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 21, at Faith Lutheran Church in Spicer. Interment will be at Ebenezer Lutheran Cemetery in Kandiyohi at a later date. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Funeral arrangements are with Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar.

Robert was born February 8, 1934, in Tracy, Minnesota, the son of Vernon and Aldora (Engen) Holden. He grew up and received his education in Tracy, Minnesota, graduating from Tracy High School in 1953.

He married Virginia Hewett on October 29, 1955 in Tracy. He graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Education from Bemidji State in 1976. He taught English at several high schools in Minnesota. He obtained his Masters Degree in Education from Mankato State in 1986. He loved his grandchildren and enjoyed attending their sporting events and activities.

He is survived by his sons, Timothy Holden of Lake Lillian and Michael (and Patricia) Holden of Spicer; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Virginia in 1993; his brother: Clinton Holden; and a nephew, Chuck Holden.


Edith Holstein, 85

Edith Holstein, age 85, of Marshall, passed away at Avera Morningside Heights Nursing Home on Monday, December 10, 2012. Funeral services were held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, December 13, 2012 at Wesley United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be given at

Edith Irene was born on April 2, 1927 in Whiting, Iowa to Theodore Roosevelt “Ted” and Blanche Violet (Poland) Heck.  As a young girl, she and her family moved to South Dakota and then to Minnesota.  She was baptized at Tracy United Methodist Church.

On February 5, 1950, Edith was united in marriage to Ruben Holstein at Tracy United Methodist Church. After the couple’s marriage, they lived on a farm northeast of Tracy in Springdale Township, Redwood County. To this union two daughters were born. Edith was a farm wife and mother and was employed as a school cook at Tracy Elementary School for eighteen years. The couple moved to Marshall upon their retirement in 1988. Edith then became a Taste Tester for Schwans Foods for nearly twenty years. She also served as an election judge. In 1991, she and her sister, Ruth both earned their GED’s.

During her life, Edith and her sister Ruth enjoyed creating ceramics and together they attended many craft shows and seminars in Southwest MN and Sioux Falls, SD. Edith and Ruben also enjoyed trips to area casinos and attending their granddaughters’ sporting events.

Edith passed away at Avera Morningside Heights Nursing Home on Monday, December 10, 2012. She had reached the age of 85 years, 8 months and 8 days.

Edith is survived by her two daughters, Susan (and Elton) Goeman, of Jeffers and Sharon Johnson (and Howard Siegel) of San Diego, CA; two granddaughters, Erin Goeman and Crystal (and Charles) Simpson, all of Buffalo, NY; two great-granddaughters, Simona Tenorio and Molly Simpson, of Buffalo; and many other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ruben in November 2011; her parents; sister, Ruth Hendrickson Gunlogson; and nephew, Robert Hendrickson.

Edith was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church at the time of her death.

Blessed Be The Memory of Edith Holstein.


Gregory Jacques Lecuyer, 38

Gregory Jacques Lecuyer died unexpectedly on Dec. 12, 2012.  Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Sat., Dec. 22 at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 13600 Technology Drive, Eden Prairie, MN. 

Gregory was born on March 26, 1974.  He is survived by his wife Adrianne Domina Lecuyer, his two children Theo and Kian. 

Arrangements by Washburn-McReavy Eden Prairie Chapel MN 7625 Mitchell Road.

A fund has been set up for the Lecuyer family at:  The Lucuyer Family Fund, Wells Fargo Bank, 935 Prairie Center Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344