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Obituaries from the week of April 10, 2013

Jerry Frericks, 58
Darold Goettig, 80
Muriel Kor, 90
Kathleen Maguire, 88
Cliff Long, 81
Ronald Nelson, 79
Augusta Roos, 94
Barbara Stromswold, 86
John Vickerman, 84

Jerry Frericks, 58


Jerry Frericks age 58 of Wabasso passed away Monday, April 1, 2013 in Rochester after an extended battle with lung cancer.  Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11:00 a.m. Friday at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Wabasso.  Online condolences may be sent at  Stephens Funeral Service - Redwood Valley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Jerome Charles Frericks was born January 28, 1955 in Redwood Falls, MN to Harold and Connie (Edmondson) Frericks.  He attended Wabasso Public School. 

After meeting Debbie Loving in Colorado Springs, CO, they were married on November 7, 1995 in Gravette, AR .  Jerry worked over 35 years in the automotive parts and service industry in Minnesota and Colorado, with over 25 years with Auto Value across Southwest Minnesota.  He served the City of Wabasso on the EDA, City Council, and was Mayor for 3 terms.  Jerry enjoyed car and go-kart racing, fishing, and model car collecting.  He loved rebuilding cars, the hobby farm, and car repair.

Jerry is survived by his wife Debbie; children Allison (Mark) Heatwole of Round Rock, TX, and Angela (Geoff) Cannon of Wabasso; grandchildren: Samantha Ross, Avery Heatwole, Emily Heatwole, and Brynnley Cannon; parents Harold and Connie Frericks of Wabasso; 11 brothers and sisters across greater Minnesota; many nieces and nephews; and his furry friends Pete and Harley. 

He is preceded in death by his twin brothers Peter and Paul Frericks, grandparents John and Elizabeth Frericks and Wilfred and Emma Edmondson, and life-long friend Frank Hassenstab. 


Darold Goettig, 80



Darold D. Goettig age 80 of Tracy passed away Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the Golden Living Center in Slayton.  Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Tracy Area Funeral Home.  A private family burial will be held in the Walnut Grove Cemetery at a later date.  Online condolences may be sent at  Stephens Funeral Service - Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Darold D. Goettig was born August 23, 1932 to John & Marie (Brown) Goettig.  He graduated from Walnut Grove High School in 1951.  Darold enlisted in the US Navy where he worked as a clerk during the Korean Conflict.  Following his honorable discharge, Darold returned to the Walnut Grove area where he worked for area farmers.  On November 15, 1957, Darold was united in marriage to Rose Hoffman at the Tracy Lutheran Church.  Together the couple lived in Marshall while Darold worked for Rehkamp Furniture and later at Schwans Food.  They then moved to the St. Peter area where Darold worked for the State Hospital.  They then moved to Tracy and Darold worked for the State of Minnesota until his retirement.  Darold was a member of the Tracy American Legion. He enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and watching NCIS.  In his younger years, he enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Darold is survived by his wife Rose of 55 years; children: Lonnie (Cindy) Goettig of Marshall, Jeff (Teresa) Goettig of Currie, Kelly Goettig (Mike Rogers) of Luverne & Darrin (Sara) Goettig of Tracy; eleven grandchildren; two great grandchildren; brother Arnold (Joan) Goettig of Marshall and many other relatives and friends.  Preceding him in death are his parents, two sons, and five brothers.

Muriel Kor, 90

Muriel Bernice Kor, age 90, a life-long resident of Tracy, Minnesota, passed away on February 8, 2013 at Park Hills West in Hales Corners, Wisconsin.  A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 16 at the Tracy Church of Christ with Rev. Homer Dobson officiating.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.  Interment is in the Tracy Cemetery.  Online condolences may be sent at  Stephens Funeral Service - Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Muriel Bernice Kor was born March 9, 1922, to Emory and Josephine Sweely in Tracy.  She was baptized at the age of 12 in the Church of Christ and graduated from Tracy High School in 1942.  On February 14, 1943, Muriel married Leo E. Stoltenburg in Tracy, where they made their home.  After Leo’s passing in 1969, she married Lewis T. Kor in 1975, and continued making her home in Tracy.  She worked many years at the Ohman Furniture Store.  Muriel was an active member of the Church of Christ.  She enjoyed sports, in particular baseball and the Twins.  Her hobbies included painting, upholstery refurbishing, sewing, and gardening.

Muriel is survived by her son, David (Patricia) Stoltenburg of Muskego, Wisconsin, four grandchildren, four great grandchildren, one brother Donald (Joyce) Sweely, nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Her parents, husbands Leo and Lewis, and sister Lorraine Radke preceded her in death.


Kathleen Maguire, 88


Kathleen Ida Maguire age 88 of Walnut Grove passed away Monday, March 25, 2013 at Valley View Manor in Lamberton.  Funeral services were held Friday, March 29, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove.  Interment was in Calvary Catholic Cemetery.  Online condolences may be sent at  Stephens Funeral Service - Walnut Grove Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. 

Kathleen was born July 21, 1924 in Holland, MN to Albert and Ida (Leopold) Dietz.  She graduated from Pipestone High School in 1942 and attended college in Mankato for teaching.  On August 19, 1950 she was united in marriage to Rodney Maguire in Minneota.  Kathleen graduated from Southwest State in Marshall in 1971 with her B.S. in education.  She began her teaching career in Lake Wilson before moving to Walnut Grove to teach.  Kathleen was principal of the all female operated school in Revere for several years before returning to Walnut Grove to finish her career retiring after 37 years. 

She enjoyed her retirement years.  Kathleen was active on the Laura Ingalls Wilder committee.  She was a member of the Holly Flower Club, 20th Century Women’s Club, Walnut Grove Auxiliary, and Trinity Lutheran Church where she was active in the Circle.  Kathleen was in a card club and enjoyed playing cards.   She also enjoyed crossword puzzles, and going camping. 

Kathleen is survived by her husband Rodney of 62 years; children: Paul (Donna) Maguire of Roseboro, NC, Jocelyn (Tim) Wester of Westbrook, Peter (Faith) Maguire of Walnut Grove, Laurie (Justin) Jacobson of Detroit Lakes, and Rhonda (Jeff) Wilber of Sioux Falls, SD; 11 grandchildren: Patrick, Jared, Angie, Ben, Gretchen, Anthony, Nicki, Leslie, Zachary, Ashlee, and Lucas; 13 great grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends. 

She is preceded in death by her parents and brothers Clifford and Ivan Dietz. 


Cliff Long, 81


Clifford Long, age 81, of Algona, Iowa died on Thursday March 28, 2013 at the Algona Good Samaritan Care Center.  Funeral services were held Wednesday April 3rd at St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Algona, with Rev. Ed Girres officiating.  Burial was in the Calvary Cemetery, with military rites conducted by the VFW Post #2541 and the Hagg-Turner American Legion Post #90 of Algona.    

Clifford Ray Long, the son of Clifford and Mary Frances (Simmons) Long, was born on April 10, 1931 in Watseka, Illinois.  He graduated from Ottawa Township High School in 1949, he then attended the University of Iowa for one year.  Cliff served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951-55.  On May 22, 1958 he was united in marriage with Rita Mae Deal in Tracy, Minnesota.  Cliff had worked as a sign painter and artist.  He was a member of St. Cecelia Catholic Church, past member of the Algona Area Chamber of Commerce, Izzak Walton League, the Stinson Prairie Arts Council and he had served as a 4H leader.

Left to cherish Cliff’s memory is his wife of 54 years, Rita; a daughter, Amy Fletcher of Sioux City; a son, Brian Long of Algona; three grandchildren, Tessa (Chad) Jorgensen, Mike Fletcher and Matthew Long; four great grandchildren, Kaylee, Lily, James and Taylor Jorgensen; and a sister, Betty Wallace of Fredrick, OK.  He was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law, Roy and Mary Louise Deal; and two brother-in-laws, Leo Wallace and Raymond Benedict.

Lentz Funeral Home of Algona, Iowa is serving the family.  Cliff’s video tribute may be viewed at


Ronald Nelson, 79

Ronald D. Nelson age 79 of Tracy, MN died Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at the Prairie View Healthcare Center in Tracy.  Services will be 10:30 AM Saturday, April 13, 2013 at Tracy Lutheran Church.  Visitation will be from 5:00 until 8:00 PM Friday, April 12, 2013 at the Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy, with a prayer service at 7:00 PM and continuing one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.  Interment will be in the Tracy City Cemetery, with a luncheon served immediately following the burial.   The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy is handling the arrangements.

Online condolences may be placed at


Augusta Roos, 94

A service of witness to the resurrection for Augusta (Nieuwsma) Roos, 94, of Strasburg, ND, was held  on Friday, March 22, 2013 at Strasburg Reformed Church.The committal ceremony was at the Pilgrim Home Cemetery, Strasburg, ND.

Augusta (Nieuwsma) Roos was called home to her Lord and Savior on March 19, 2013. One of eleven children of Ed and Jennie (Van Soest) Nieuwsma. She was born August 27, 1918 at the Home Sweet Home Farm southeast of Strasburg, ND. She attended the Harding Rural School and the Strasburg High School, graduating in 1937. In 1939, she entered Central College in Pella, IA where she won honors in debate and history. After graduating in 1943, she taught at Newkirk High School in Hospers, IA.

At Central she met her lifetime sweetheart, Arvin Roos of Littleton, CO. The pair were married at Strasburg Reformed Church on December 10, 1944. They moved to Las Vegas, NV. From 1946 to 1949 they lived in New Jersey, where Arvin studied at New Brunswick Theological Seminary. They served faithfully at churches in New York, Iowa, New Jersey, Colorado, Minnesota and North Dakota. In 1976 she became a commissioned lay preacher in the Presbyterian Church USA, making her and Arvin’s work an official team ministry. The couple retired and moved to Strasburg in 1985.

She leaves behind her husband, Arvin, Strasburg, ND; daughters: Sylvia (Randall) Ryan, Collierville, TN and Judy Carter, Newhall, CA; sons: Robert (Terry), Richfield, MN and Arnold, Minneapolis, MN; six grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren. Survivors also include three brothers; one sister, and a sister-in-law and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers that memorials be given to Church World Service and Doctors Without Borders.


Barbara Stromswold, 86


Barbara (Pagel) Stromswold age 86 formerly of Madison and Amiret passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at Pathstone Assisted Living in Mankato.  Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the Tracy Area Funeral Home.  Visitation is 5:00-7:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and will continue one hour prior to services on Saturday.  Interment is in Amiret Cemetery.  Online condolences may be sent at  Stephens Funeral Service - Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Barbara was born May 26, 1926 to Jacob and Kathryn (Fiet) Zimmerman in Rugby, ND.  After the death of her parents she was adopted by Lester and Evelyn Day.  Barbara attended school in North Dakota.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith. 

Barbara married Raymond Pagel in 1947.  They lived in the Amiret area, Springfield, New Ulm, and Appleton.  Ray and Barbara had four children: Linda, Stuart, Lois Kay, and Ronald.  Raymond passed away in 1982.  In 1987 Barbara married Lester Stromswold and lived in rural Bellingham.  After Lester’s death Barbara moved to Madison.  In 2010 she moved to Mankato and made her home with Stuart.  Barbara moved to Pathstone Assisted Living in November of 2012.  She was a wife, mother, and homemaker.  Barbara enjoyed visiting with friends and family and “chewing the fat”.  She was living proof that a smile was far better than a scowl! 

Barbara is survived by sons Stuart of Mankato and Ronald of Tulsa; daughter Lois Kay of Morris; brother-in-law Chester (Joan) Stromswold; and many nephews, nieces, and friends. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, husbands Raymond and Lester, daughter Linda, brothers Cecil, Jack, Leo, and Philip, sister Kay Hillsberry, and many brothers and sisters-in-law.  A special thanks to Dan and Linda for all the years they helped with Mom, and to Paul and Audrey for their love and support. 


John Vickerman, 84


John A. Vickerman age 84 of Tracy, MN died Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at his home near Tracy.  Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the Tracy United Methodist Church.    Interment was in the Tracy City Cemetery.  The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy is handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be placed at

John Asel Vickerman Jr. was born December 21, 1928 to John A. and Myrtle (Reinert) Vickerman in Tracy, MN, Lyon County.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith and attended Country School District #16, near his family’s farm south of Tracy.  As a young man he farmed with his father and later served in the Minnesota National Guard.

On November 11, 1957 John married Claire Flory on his parent’s farm where they also made their home.  John has lived his whole life on the Vickerman family farm that has been in the family for 135 years.  His life was farming and family, and only recently, because of his health, was he not able to continue with the work around the farm.

John was a member of the Tracy Masonic Lodge #155 and a member of the Scottish Rights.  He also served for many years as the Shetek Township Supervisor.  Besides the fact that farming was his hobby, he is remembered by his family as a man who found a way to use everything he collected on the farm.

On Tuesday, April 2, 2013 John died, surrounded by his loving family, at his home south of Tracy at the age of 84.

John is survived by his wife, Claire Vickerman of Tracy, MN; daughter, Donna (Brian) Flesner of Bixby, OK; four sons, Tim (Deb) Vickerman of Lafayette, IN, Kevin (Michelle) Vickerman of Tracy, MN, Jon Vickerman of Currie, MN and Corey (Kelly Snelling) of Westbrook, MN; eight grandchildren, Nathan and Sam Flesner, Nikki Jost, Taylor, Tammy, Tiffany, and Tasha Vickerman and Ashlee Johnson; one great grandson, Dante Flesner; one brother, Jim (Wava) Vickerman of Tracy, MN; nieces, nephews and friends.

His parents, one grandson, Michael Lee and three sisters, Ella (Basil) Winch, Virginia (Kenneth) Triplett and Patricia (Duane) Flesner preceded him in death.