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Obituaries from the week of February 26, 2014

Bernard Fultz, 87
Elaine Janssen, 85
Dorothy Jenson, 84
Clyde Prins, 89
Velora "Maxine" Robbins, 90
John Tillemans, 87

Bernard Fultz, 87

Bernard Orin Fultz age 87 of Tracy passed away Sunday, February 23, 2014.  Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 27 at Tracy Lutheran Church.  Visitation is 4:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Tracy Area Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.  Burial is in the Walnut Grove Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Tracy Area Medical Foundation, Tracy Area Education Foundation, or Tracy Lutheran Church building fund.  Online condolences may be sent at  Stephens Funeral Service - Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Bernard O. Fultz was born November 5, 1926 in Tracy, MN to Homer and Ruth (Addison) Fultz.  He graduated from Walnut Grove High School in 1944, enlisted in the United States Army Air Force, and served until 1945. 

On October 20, 1946 Bernie was united in marriage to Eleanor Freeburg of Walnut Grove.  The couple spent their lives farming in the Tracy area and raising their family.  Bernie’s life was growing a family farm to include his sons and grandsons.  As a progressive farmer he was open to looking at innovative and new approaches to enhance farming.  He and Eleanor enjoyed attending numerous community events and supporting school activities.  Bernie attended and was active in Trinity Lutheran of Walnut Grove and Tracy Lutheran Church.  He was involved in Toast Masters, served as clerk of Springdale Township, and was on the Federal Land Bank Board of Redwood Falls.  He was also a leader of the Springdale Climber’s 4-H Club, and most recently enjoyed serving with the Tracy Lions.

Bernie is survived by his wife Eleanor; children: Dennis (Linda) of Tracy, Dean of Tracy, Laura (Steve) Iverson of Montrose, CO, Ann (Kurt) Gramith of Big Lake, and Eric (Sandra) Fultz of Tracy; 14 grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren.  He is also survived by his siblings: Charles (Clara) Fultz of Hope, AK, Pauline Hemmingsen of Grand Island, NE, Edna Lessman of Lamberton, and Don (Eunice) Fultz of Shoreview, and sister-in-law Evelyn (Russell) Buterbaugh of Tracy. 

He is preceded in death by parents Homer and Ruth Fultz, son Kirk, and great grandson Jack Iverson.


Elaine Janssen, 85

Funeral services for Elaine Janssen, 85, of Marshall, were held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Slayton, MN on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Doug Minton officiating.  The organist was Kathy Schwartz.  The pallbearers were her grandchildren.  Interment is at Slayton Memorial Gardens, Slayton, MN. 

Elaine Anna Janssen was born on November 28, 1928 on a farm in Rock County, Minnesota to William and Ella Rockman Lauck.  She grew up on the family farm and attended country school. 

On June 1, 1948 she and John Janssen were married at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Worthington, MN.  Following their marriage they farm near Bigelow, MN and later near Reading, MN.  In 1970 they purchased a farm north of Slayton, MN where they farmed until 2008 when they retired.  They remained on the farm until 2010 when they moved to Westside Apartments in Slayton.  In December 2013 they moved to their daughter, Marilyn’s home near Marshall, MN. 

Elaine passed away on Monday, February 17, 2014 at the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD with her family by her side at the age of 85.  She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Slayton.  

Elaine enjoyed spending time with family, shopping, playing the piano and crocheting.

Survivors include her husband, John Janssen of Marshall, MN, three children and their spouses, Ellen Olson of Grand Forks, ND, Gerald and Debra Janssen of Balaton, MN and Marilyn and George Bowman of Marshall, MN, eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one brother, Lawrence Lauck of Wausa, NE.  She is preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Virgil and Herman Lauck.  

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Dorothy Jenson, 84

Dorothy M. Jenson age 84 of Westbrook, MN died Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at the St. John’s Lutheran Home in Springfield, MN.  Services were held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, February 21, 2014 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Westbrook.  Interment was in the Westbrook Cemetery, with a luncheon served in the church social hall immediately following the burial.  The Almlie Funeral Home of Westbrook handled the arrangements.

Dorothy Mae Jenson was born December 1, 1929 to Robert and Mabel (Furan) Gempler in Tracy, MN, Lyon County.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith and attended Tracy Public Schools, graduating from Tracy High School in 1947. 

As a young woman she worked as a dental assistant for Dr. Derrick’s dental office in Tracy.   On November 7, 1953 Dorothy married Dennis Jenson at Tracy Lutheran Church and they made their home on a farm south of Revere, MN.  They then moved their family to a farm north of Westbrook, MN, where their son now resides. 

Dorothy was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Westbrook and was active in the past in the church woman’s groups.  She also enjoyed all manner of puzzles, especially word search; taking one day bus trips to different places; riding on the four-wheeler with her husband; and fishing on the pontoon; but she especially loved spending time with her children and their families.  She will always be lovingly remembered by her family as a great wife, mother and grandmother.

On February 14, 2014 Dorothy became a resident of the St. John’s Lutheran Home in Springfield, MN, where she passed away, Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at the age of 84.

Dorothy is survived by her one son, Brian Jenson of Walnut Grove, MN; two daughters, Janet (Rich) Halvorson of Springfield, MN and Lisa (Bill) Hjortaas of Prior Lake, MN; three grandchildren, Jaden Marks, Alexis and Amelia Hjortaas; sister-in-law, Ruth Gempler of Eagan, MN; brother-in-law, Carl Sanquist of Port Orchard, WA; nieces, nephews and friends.

Her husband, Dennis; parents, Robert and Mabel Gempler; sister, Sherry Sanquist; and brother, Ronald Gempler preceded her in death.


Clyde Prins, 89

Clyde A Prins, age 89, of Walnut Grove, MN died on February 19, 2014, at Prairie View Senior Living. Services were held at the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Lamberton, MN on Monday, February 24, 2014, at 10:30 am. 

The clergy was Pastor Allen Brakke. 

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Lamberton, MN. On line condolences may be left for the family at

Clyde A. Prins was born on December 23, 1924, the son of Tebbo Prins and Marvel Smith in Minneapolis.

Clyde was united in marriage on December 14, 1945 to Bonnie Johnson. The couple lived in Lamberton until 1959 when they moved to Tracy and raised their family. Clyde lived in Tracy for over 40 years and worked at Hemmingsen’s Phillips 66 and Bob Deming Plumbing and Heating and received his Master Plumbing License. Clyde also worked as Tracy’s building inspector and many years at Rignell’s Ace Hardware.

After retirement, Clyde kept busy doing many odd jobs ranging from home repairs to home remodeling, also spending many hours in his woodworking shop creating many masterpieces. The couple moved back to Lamberton in 2001 and in 2012, after Bonnie’s death, he moved to Country View Assisted Living in Walnut Grove.

In January 2014, Clyde became a resident of Prairie View Senior Living in Tracy. Clyde was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Lamberton, MN. 

He is survived by children - Ric (Mary) Prins of Apache Junction, AZ; Deb (Bryce) Pack of Lamberton, MN and Julie (Al) Buyck of Algona, IA; seven grandchildren - Chris (Linda) Pack of Hayfield, MN, Nicholas Pack of River Falls, WI, Amy (Noel) McLaughlin of Algona, IA, Casey (Monica) Pack of Maple Lake, MN, Derek (Amber) Buyck of West Des Moines, IA, Colby (Sarah) Pack of Fulda, MN, and Joshua Buyck of Des Moines, IA; twelve great grandchildren and another expected in June; and brothers and sisters - Robert (Marjorie) Prins of Storden, MN, Norman (Ruth) Prins of N. Mankato, MN, Bernice (Lawrence “Jack”) Ryker of Jeffers, MN, Kenneth (Shirley) Prins of Jeffers, MN, Janet Prins of Jeffers, MN, and Richard Prins of St. Paul, MN; brother-in-law David Vining of Hermosa, SD; sister-in-law Mary Lou Prins of Springfield.

Clyde was preceded in death by his father and step-mother Tebbo and Jeanette Prins; mother Marvel Manfull; wife Bonnie Prins in February 2012; an infant grandson - Mychal Pack; brothers Gene (Dorothy) Ollom, Marvin Prins; sisters - LaDonna (Myron) Eucken, Arlene (Arlen) Meyer, Beatrice Vining.


Velora “Maxine” Robbins, 90

Velora “Maxine” Robbins age 90 of Tracy passed away Thursday, February 20, 2014 at Prairie View Senior Living in Tracy.  Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 24, 2014 at the Tracy Area Funeral Home.  Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 p.m. Sunday, February 23 at the funeral home with a 6:45 p.m. prayer service.  Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service.  Burial will be in the Tracy City Cemetery.  Memorials are preferred to the Willow Lake Preservation Society.  Online condolences may be sent at  Stephens Funeral Service - Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Velora Maxine (Vik) Robbins was born July 30, 1923 to Holiver and Agnes (Mickelson) Vik.  She was born in Ellsborough Township, Murray County, Minnesota.  As a youth, she attended country school District 48.  The family lived in Lake Wilson for a few years before moving to the Tracy area.  Maxine graduated from Tracy High School in 1942.  She worked various occupations before her marriage to Robert Robbins in 1944.  Robert and Maxine lived on the family farm for 32 years.  During that time, they raised two sons, Ronald Robbins and David Robbins.  In 1976, Robert and Maxine moved into Tracy.  Maxine worked at the Tracy Municipal Hospital for many years until her retirement.  Maxine was active in the Willow Lake Lutheran Church holding various positions as Sunday School teacher and active in the “Ladies’ Aid.”  She loved to make quilts.

Maxine is survived by her sons, Ronald (Joyce) Robbins and David Robbins, all of Tracy; grandsons: Ray (LeAnn) Robbins, Dan (Susan) Robbins, Patrick (Jami) Robbins; granddaughter, Crystal Faye (Matt) Buesking; 8 great-grandchildren: Matthew Ray, Christina Ray, Marie Robbins, Emily Robbins, Sophia Buesking, Olivia Buesking, Hailey Jo Robbins and Isaac Robbins.  She is also survived by her siblings: Marvin (Lois) Vik, James (Jeannie) Vik, and Joyce Kruen; and sister-in-law Laurel Robbins Rea.  She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Robert, two brothers: Arnold and Gordon Vik, and brothers-in-law: Duwayne J. Rea and Bob Kruen.


John Tillemans, 87

Mass of Christian Burial for John (Johnny) Harold Tillemans, 87, of Ghent will be 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, St. Edward Catholic Church in Minneota. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday at Rehkamp-Horvath Funeral Home in Minneota and will continue from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday at St. Edward Catholic Church in Minneota.  Visitation will continue from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.  Interment will follow the service at St. Edward Catholic Cemetery in Minneota.

Johnny went to his eternal home on February 23, 2014 while at the Prairie Home Hospice House in Marshall.

Johnny was born December 29, 1926 in Nordland Township to Harold and Marie (Fier) Tillemans. He attended and graduated from Minneota Public School. 

On June 26, 1950, Johnny married Dorothy Ann Wyffels at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Marshall. The couple farmed south of Minneota and co-owned and operated the Silver Dollar Bar in Ghent starting in 1979. Johnny’s love of his land and working with the public inspired his hard work ethics and being with people gave him such enjoyment. Johnny spent many hours doing volunteer work grooming the rolle bolle courts in Ghent. He bartended at Ted’s Bar, Silver Dollar Bar and K.B.’s Bar and Grill; worked for the Lyon County Farm Service hauling fertilizer and he enjoyed woodworking – donating many of his woodworking’s to benefits and loved ones and friends. Johnny loved baking and making rosettes to share with family and friends.

Johnny and Dorothy were blessed with six children – LuAnn, Joe, Carey, Deb, Sandy and Christine. Johnny is survived by daughters: LuAnn (Jerry) Hinz of Tracy; Carey (Pete) Doyscher of Minneota; Deb (friend, Dan) of Anoka, and Sandy (Bill) Doyscher of Hendricks. Also special sister-in-law and husband, Patty and Dr. Paul Julsrud of Rochester, nephew, Jay Friedrichs of Hawick and niece, Pay Yeo of New London. Seven grandchildren: Kennedy and Jessica Gilbertson, Lisa Gillund, Julie Crider, Jennifer Schwartz, Jonathan Doyscher and Alex Lessman. Great-grandchildren: Caleb, Ty, Sophia, Truman and Oscar Gilbertson (Kennedy and Sara); Airman (A1C) Joseph L. Schwartz, Cameron, Colton, and Jayden Crider (Julie and Mike); Hunter, Reese, and Bekkem Gillund (Lisa and Travis); Truthton and Johnny Fales (Jessica).  Step-granddaughters Barb (and Ralph) Orcutt, Brenda (and Brian) Mlsna, five step-great-grandchildren and 7 step great-great grandchildren.
Johnny is preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy; parents – Harold and Marie; sister – Audrey Friedrichs; infant brother – Jimmy; son – Joe; daughter – Christine, son-in-laws- Jim Anderson and Terry Schwartz and many aunts and uncles.

May his free spirit blow in the winds and may he soar like an eagle. May he look down upon us and make us smile and laugh. He will never be forgotten in our memories or in our hearts.

Memorials preferred to the Prairie Home Hospice House of Marshall.