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Obituaries from the week of November 26, 2014

Theresa DeBlieck, 50

A memorial mass for Theresa Marrs DeBlieck, 50,  is planned at St. Joseph Parish Community, New Hope, Saturday, Nov. 29, at 10:30 a.m. Visitation is at 10 a.m.

The former Tracy woman died of pancreatic cancer.  She is survived by children Samantha, Anna Mae, and Frank; former husband Mark; parents Robert and Rosemary Marrs; and siblings Mary, James, Catherine, and Ann.

“Terri” DeBlieck was employed by Tracy Publishing as a graphic artist for several years in the late 1990s.





Doris Peluzzo, 92

Doris Anne Brasket Peluzzo, 92, of Forestville MD, passed away Nov 13, 2014 in Lake Worth FL.  She passed away content in the knowledge that her late brother Curt, 81, renowned chess player, had been inducted into Tracy Wall of Fame at the Education Awards banquet earlier that evening.

Doris was born Oct 28, 1922 in Gary, SD, the fourth of eight children of the late Curt and Mary (Jenniges) Brasket of Tracy.

Doris was a 1939 Tracy high school graduate, graduating at age 16 after skipping an  early grade.  She subsequently graduated from Tracy junior college.  She was a valued longtime employee of the US Census Bureau in Washington DC.

 She was preceded in death by husbands  James Simmerman and Alfred Peluzzo, brothers Clement, Cyril, Denis and Curt Brasket and sister Estella Brasket.

She is survived by sons David (Dovi), Richard and Douglas Peluzzo, four grandchildren, three great grandchildren, brother Richard (Lorraine) of  Eden Prairie, MN, sister Patricia (Eugene) Klawitter of Champlin, MN, sister-in-law Rita (Curt) Brasket, many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Doris’ greatest joy was in her family and friends.  She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. Funeral services are being planned in Forestville, MD. 


Eric Peterson, 45

Eric’s battle is over and he is at peace.

Eric Peterson died on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in the ICU at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina of heart block and respiratory failure.

Services for Eric, 45, of Minneapolis, and formerly of Tracy, will take place at 1 p.m. on Monday, December 1, 2014 at Tracy Lutheran Church. Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 30 with a service of remembering at 5 p.m. at Almlie-Horvath Funeral Home in Tracy. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church. A lunch will follow the service. Burial will take place at Bethany Cemetery in rural Garvin.

Memorials for Eric are preferred to Special Olympics of Minnesota or TMB softball and can be mailed to 2247 140th Ave. Garvin MN, 56132.

Eric Hobert Peterson was born June 7, 1969, to Winston and Elle (Uggen) Peterson in Tracy.

Eric graduated from Tracy Area High School in 1987 and from Augsburg College in 1991 with a Bachelors in Communications/Marketing. He most recently was employed at Thomson Reuters in Eagan as a conference manager. He previously worked as a marketing manager for Select Comfort, as a managing director for Ryan Partnership and as a senior marketing manager for Dairy Queen’s Northeast and Midwest divisions. Eric’s marketing background and love of sports meshed when he worked in the marketing department for the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 1990s. He also worked with the Minnesota Wild.

Eric was diagnosed with Addison’s Disease when he was 8, which prevented him from taking part in many competitive sports (except golf, of course), but he more than made up for it with a big heart and a giving spirit that eventually brought him into the Special Olympics family. Besides having a passion for sports at all levels — high school, collegiate and professional — he truly loved sharing his time with his Special Olympics athletes in a head coaching position with football, basketball, track and field and bowling teams in the Twin Cities. He organized practices, coached games and trained other coaches to help work with the kids and prepare them for competition. Eric also coached a Challengers Little League baseball team and was a driver for the Ronald McDonald House of Minneapolis.

Eric’s other passion was his family — most notably his nephew, Alex, and his nieces, Galiya and Olivia. They were the children he never had, and he took every opportunity available to spoil them — on one condition: that they earned it and were good people; like any parent, he expected a lot out of them. He thoroughly enjoyed helping them with sports — Alex with golf, and Galiya and Olivia with softball. Sports was one thing that really bonded Eric and the kids, and he was committed to making sure these three excelled — not only in sports, but in the classroom, as well as in life.

Eric’s survivors include his parents; his sister Sissa and her husband David Bitton and their son Alex and daughter Galiya of Lake Maria; his brother Per and his daughter Olivia of Lake Maria; his Italian sister Elisabetta Frigerio of Lecco, Italy, and her family; aunt Janice (and Rick) Johnson of Bloomington; uncle Kermit Uggen of St. Paul; cousins David (and Karen) Johnson and their children of Rosemount, Michelle Johnson and daughter of Bloomington, Kathy (and JD) Uggen-Merget  and their children of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Chris (and Rhonda) Uggen and their children of St. Paul; other cousins; a number of godchildren; and far too many friends to list.

We will all miss you dearly, Eric. Go Celtics!


Melvin Ziemke, 71

We regret to inform you of the passing of Melvin Gene Ziemke on November 19, 2014, at Prairie View Senior Living. 

He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife Joan, and one daughter Tawny, one brother Bill (Dora), sister Joyce (Dick); the Towne family we were so blessed to be a part of, brother in law Brian (Sue), sisters in law Cynde, Linda, Celeste and Jennie, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Mel was born in Sodus Township, Murray County on May 13, 1943 and grew up on the family farm outside of Balaton.  Joan and Mel were married on November 18, 1962.  They went to live in Minneapolis where their daughter Tawny was born.  Mel lived and worked for 16 years in the pizza restaurant business until moving to what he called “God’s Country” in 1979.

At the age of 20, Mel was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis and had numerous health issues over the years.  This kept him from doing many of the things he liked to do.  He loved the outdoors, his sheep and Border collie “Luther”, cat “Bitsy”, watching the birds at the feeders, reading anything and everything especially books on World War II, going to the casino and our Minnesota Twins. 

Mel was preceded in death by his mom (Fairy) and Dad (Arnold) his brothers Arlo, Alton, Roy and baby sister Delores, sister in law Betty, brother in law Ronnie Towne and in laws Herbert and Amy Livingston.

As his journey has come to an end it has left a hole in our world filled with sorrow.  It’s so hard to say goodbye.  No services are planned.  Private burial in the summer.

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Arrangements by Affordable Cremation of Southwest Minnesota.