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Obituaries from the week of February 27, 2013

Allen Haney, 76

Allen D. Haney age 76 of Tracy, MN died Monday, February 18, 2013 at his home in Tracy.  A memorial service was held on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at the Almlie Funeral Home in Tracy.     Interment was in the Tracy City Cemetery.   The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy is handling the arrangements. 

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Allen Dale Haney was born September 22, 1936 to Harry and Jennie (Visker) Haney in Lake Sarah Township, near Garvin, MN, Lyon County.  He attended Tracy Public Schools and shortly thereafter, he entered into military service in the Air Force.

After his honorable discharge, Al worked for Iowa Beef Processing in Texas, Kansas and Iowa.  He then moved back to Tracy and went to work as a truck driver for Floyd Wild of Marshall, MN.  After his retirement, Al began his own small business, Al’s Landscaping.  He did a lot of work for many people around the Tracy area doing tilling, seeding, mowing, and snow removal.

He was a member of the Tracy Lions Club, Tracy Eagles Club, and the Tracy American Legion.  He enjoyed his dogs, Killer and Jake, Harley-Davidson Motorcycles, John Deere Tractors and just working in his garage on his equipment. 

On Thursday, February 21, 2013 Al died in his home in Tracy at the age of 76.

Al is survived by his three daughters, Bonnie (Ken) Self of Gretna, NE, Dixie Ingram of Tupelo, MS and Kim (Murray) Miller of Marshall, MN; four sons, Allen Haney Jr. of Wyoming, IA, Robert (Sue) Haney and Bruce Haney, both of Omaha, NE and Joel (Melissa) Haney of Tracy, MN; fourteen grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; two sisters, Harriet (George) Reese  and Lorraine (Orwill) Wigen, both of Tracy, MN; one brother-in-law, Vern Sanow of Garvin, MN; uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and friends.

His two daughters, Elaine Haney and Shirley Haney, his parents, one infant brother, Johnny, and two sisters, Jeannette Rykhus and Kate Sanow preceded him in death.


Fred Patricelli, 71

Fred Patricelli, 71, of Ham Lake, MN, formerly of Currie, MN, passed away February 25, 2013 after a short battle of Lung cancer.  

Preceded in death by his parents (Dorothy and Edward Liebe) and brother Edward Patricelli.  

He is survived by his wife, Judy, 3 children: Debora (Paul) Brandt, Anne (Kevin) Rod, and Edward (aka Tedd) Patricelli, 6 grandchildren and 2 brothers; mother-in-law Eileen Elias.  

A memorial service is to be held at Kozlak Radulovich Funeral Chapel in Blaine, MN, on March 6th at 10 a.m.


Dona Mae Rowland, 86

Dona Mae Rowland died peacefully on February 17, 2013 at the age of 86 in San Luis Obispo, CA.

Born May 5, 1926 in Tracy, Minnesota to Isabel and Carl Tweet. She married her high school sweetheart Harlan (Bud) Rowland in 1945.

After graduating from the University of Arizona she was a teacher and librarian at Doolen Junior High School; teaching there until her retirement.

After her retirement she divided her time between Pinetop and Tucson, AZ.  Some of her greatest joys were traveling and the outdoors including RV, boating, water skiing, and snowmobiling.

She is preceded in death by her husband Harlan Rowland.

She is survived by her sons Robert (Karen) and Patrick (Sandy), along with seven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. She also leaves her sisters Orma Sullivan and Caryl Ann Symons.

At her request there will be no formal services. Her children and families gathered for remembrance and celebration of her life.

Donations may be made in her name to the Pinetop-Lakeside Public Library, 1595 Johnson Drive, Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ 85929


Dennis Vandeputte, 43


Dennis T. Vandeputte age 43 of Tracy, MN died Friday, February 22, 2013 at his home in San Tan Valley, AZ.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 1, 2013 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy.  Visitation will be from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. Thursday, February 28, 2013 at the Almlie Funeral Home, with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.  Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Tracy, 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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Dennis Thomas Vandeputte was born October 9, 1969 to Donald and Mary (Van De Wiele) Vandeputte in Minneapolis, MN, Hennepin County.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy, MN.  After attending grade school at St. Mary’s Catholic School, he attended Tracy High School, graduating in 1988.

On September 23, 1995 Dennis married Natalie Drackley at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and they made their home near Tracy on the family farm.  He farmed for many years until recently his health forced him to retire early.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and also a past member of the Tracy Fire Department.  He enjoyed deer and pheasant hunting, camping, NASCAR, four wheeling, riding his Harley, and grilling and cooking for family and friends, but especially loved spending time with his children.

In December 2012, Dennis moved to San Tan Valley, AZ, where he died Friday, February 22, 2013 at the age of 43.

Dennis is survived by his daughter, Taylor and son, Trevor Vandeputte, both of Canby, MN; two nephews, Scott Vandeputte of Chaska, MN and Justin (Erika) Vandeputte of Waconia, MN; three great nieces, Lexi, Julia, and Brynn; one great nephew, Hunter; four uncles, Maurice (Judy) Van De Wiele of Tracy, MN, Richard (Pearl) Van De Wiele of Walnut Grove, MN, Raymond (Bev) Van De Wiele of Tracy, MN and James (Barbara) Vandeputte of Brainerd, MN; six aunts, Julia (James) Claeys of Ghent, MN, Alice Vandendriessche of Tracy, MN, Joanne Vandeputte of Marshall, MN, Jane Wegman of Rochester, MN, Joan (William) Rickman of Edina, MN, and Donna (Vernon) Brewers of Fridley, MN; many cousins and friends.

His parents, Donald and Mary, infant brother, John, brother, Thomas and sister, Diane preceded him in death.