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Obituaries from the week of Feb. 22, 2012

Barbara Gannott, 72

Funeral service for Barbara Gannott, 72, of Marshall, will be at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 23, 2012, at Rehkamp – Horvath Funeral Home in Marshall.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. (family viewing at 12:00 p.m. Thursday) Interment will take place at Woodland Hills Cemetery in Mankato.

Barbara Jean Stoltzman Gannott was born on September 12, 1939, in Mankato, to Rudolph and Chrystal (Ferguson) Stoltzman.  She grew up in Mankato.  In 1959, Barbara was united in marriage to Robert Gannott.  The couple owned and operated a gas station in Madison Lake, MN, for a few years before moving to Marshall.  Barbara was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles and the Faith Family Christian Center.  Barbara enjoyed playing bingo, going to the casino and fishing and hunting.  She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

Barbara died on Saturday, February 18, 2012, at the Minneota Manor in Minneota.

Survivors include her children Shirley Ross of Tracy, Jeanne Gannott of Marshall, Christi (and Curtis) Gratz of Minneota, grandchildren Amanda Van Dam of Tracy, Amy Ross (fiancé Chad) of Stewart, Robert Ross of St. Paul, Sara Ross (and Karla Seaberg) of Tracy, Mara Gannott of Pittsboro, NC, Justin Coquyt of Marshall, Michael Gratz of Minneota, Gavin Gratz of Minneota, great-grandchildren Sonja Van Dam and Kylie Van Dam, siblings June (and Jack) Sorrell of Columbus, IN, Sue (and Nick) Rollings of Mesa, AZ, Robert Stoltzman (and Pam Broviak) of North Mankato, Alvin Stoltzman of Mankato, Cheryl (and Todd) Simonson of Caddo, OK, Kirt (and Glenda) Stoltzman of Kingston, OK, Gail (and Tom) Norris of Mankato, Jackie (and David) Fideler of Sioux Falls, SD, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents Rudolph and Chrystal Stoltzman, husband Robert Gannott, Christi’s father, Ron Bouressa, siblings Marlene Yowell, Marilyn Mortland, Ann Flatequal, Butch Stoltzman, Cpl George Stoltzman and Dorothy Stoltzman in infancy.


Donald Peterson, 93

Donald Peterson, age 93, of rural Dovray passed away Monday, February 13, 2012 surrounded by family at Our House of Murray County in Slayton.  Funeral services were held Saturday, February 18th at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Dovray..  Interment was in Our Savior’s Lutheran Cemetery.  Memorials will be given to Hospice of Murray County, American Cancer Society, and Feed the Children Ministry.  Online condolences may be sent via  Stephens Funeral Service - Westbrook Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. 

Donald Leon Peterson was born September 23, 1918 on the family farm to Charles and Ludema (Elliott) Peterson.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith.  Don attended country school District 14 and Walnut Grove High School through the tenth grade.  He joined the US Army in 1942 where he earned the rank of Corporal.  He was a truck driver light 345 and earned the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Motor Vehicle Drivers Badge.  After his honorable discharge in 1945, Don returned home to help run the family farm with his brother Chester.  On August 31, 1958, Don was united in marriage to Roselle “Sally” (Overton) Burt in Dovray, MN.  They lived in Dovray for 4-1/2 years and then moved to a farm in Holly Township where he farmed until his retirement.  He continued to live on the farm until November of 2011, when he became a resident at Our House, Hospice of Murray County.  Don was a member of the Dovray American Legion and the Westbrook VFW.  He was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church of Dovray.  Don enjoyed fishing, flowers, traveling and watching the deer come through his yard.  He enjoyed growing and eating fresh tomatoes and eating out with friends.  

Don is survived by nieces: Ludema Kassel, Jeane Carter, Joyce Severson, Patricia Beierman, Edee Hunt, and Betty Waters; nephews: Vernon Hollingsworth, Richard Peterson, David Peterson, and Gary Peterson; special friend Stella Cohrs; and many great nieces and nephews. 

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife Sally; brothers Chester, Carl, William, and Ernie; sister Helen Hollingsworth; niece Joane Schmalz; nephews Chester Hollingsworth, Leonard Hollingsworth, and Les Peterson; step son-in-law Gerald Burt; and other relatives.