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Obituaries from the week of June 4, 2003

Lucille Eldredge, 90

Lucille Eldredge passed away on Friday, May 30, 2003.

Lucille was born in Keeokuh, IA on May 10, 1913. She was a wonderful mother, a terrific grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a beloved wife and a great sister.

After living in Walnut Grove for many years she and Paul moved into O'Brien Court as sone of the first residents. They both loved it there and helped keep the place going. They never regretted leaving their Walnut Grove home as they met so many more dear friends at O'Brien.

Lucille loved to do crafts at O'Brien and we thank Cindy dearly for that. When she entered Prairie View in November of 2002, she met all new friends over again. She made the most of the situation and still tried to help others lives be better and continued to do crafts there.

She was a beautiful sewer and made many things for family and friends in her life. Everyone at Prairie View were very good to her and made her stay there better and we thank you for that.

Paul passed away at Prairie View on Feb. 1, 2003 and she missed him dearly. She will be missed every day by her children, Donald and wife Bev, Larry and wife Elaine, Lynn and wife Marie, Brenda and husband Ray, Jennell and Mina.

Her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren loved her dearly and will never forget her.

Lucille donated her body to Science at Mayo Clinic as her way of still helping other people.

As a memorial to Lucille we ask that you say an extra prayer for her and always be kind to each other as she was to so many people.

We love you mom, always.

Myrtle Halstenson, 96

Funeral Services for Myrtle Halstenson, 96 of Walnut Grove, will be Thursday, June 4, 2003 at 10:30 a.m. at English Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove. Visitation will be Wednesday 5-8 p.m. at the Walnut Grove Funeral Home, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Interment in the Walnut Grove Cemetery. Walnut Grove Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Myrtle passed away Saturday, May 31, 2003 at Prairie View Healthcare Center in Tracy.

Myrtle Halstenson was born February 8, 1907 in Gary, S.D. to Ole & Emma (Knutson) Halstenson. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. She attended country school at Swift Falls, MN, and District 19 north of Walnut Grove. Myrtle resided in Gary for a year before the family moved to Swift Falls from 1908 to 1919. She then moved to the Walnut Grove area where she has resided ever since.

Myrtle worked various jobs before she became a cook at the Walnut Grove school where she worked for many years. Myrtle was a longtime member of English Lutheran Church where she was active in the ladies aid, and the church circle. She enjoyed needle work, sewing and quilting, vegetable and flower gardening, baking and cooking, and spending time with her family and friends.

Myrtle Halstenson is survived by her brother Oliver Halstenson of Tracy; sister in law Vera Halstenson of Springfield; three nieces and nephews: Frances Rieger and husband Richard of Currie, Judy Herrick and husband Dallas of Bloomington, and Douglas Halstenson and wife Diane of Walnut Grove; eight grand nieces and nephews; ten great grand nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, brother Lloyd Halstenson, and a nephew Richard Irwin Halstenson.

Martin G. Allen, 93

Funeral services were held on Friday, May 30, 2003 for Martin G. Allen at Tracy Lutheran Church. Reverend Stephen Olson and Reverend Gary Gabel officiated. Pianist was Don Swanjord with Richard Stelter as organist.

Casket bearers were Roger Lind, Carolyn Lind, Dena Lind, Carin Lind Viertel, M David Viertel and Victoria Olson.

Honorary casket bearers were Neil Medrud, Harvey Wendland, Walter Wendland, Elmer A. Johnson and the staff of Tracy Nursing Home.

Martin G. Allen was born May 16, 1910 to Sanfred and Anna (Loeck) Allen in Scandia Township, Murray County. He was Baptized and Confirmed in the Christian faith at Zion Lutheran Church. As a child he lived with his family on a farm near Russell and later moved to the Balaton area. He attended country school in Scandia Township and graduated from Balaton High School in 1930.

After graduation he worked for Land O Lakes in Minneapolis for a short time and later returned to Balaton to farm with his father. Martin farmed his whole life in the same area, retiring in 1984. He enjoyed wildlife and nature in general, planting many trees over the years. He was a past member of the Zion Lutheran Church and a current member of the Tracy Lutheran Church.

In October of 1994 Martin moved to Tracy and became a resident of Tracy Nursing Home where he died Tuesday, May 27, 2003 at the age of 93.

Martin is survived by one nephew, Roger A. (Carolyn) Lind of Jackson, MN.

His parents, one brother and one sister preceded him in death.

Burial was in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Balaton, MN with the Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy handling arrangements.

Roselle Peterson, 89

Roselle "Sally" Margaret Peterson, 89, of Westbrook, died Monday, May 26, 2003, at Westbrook Good Samaritan Center.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, May 29 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Dovray. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Born April 8, 1914, in Dovray Township, she was the daughter of Francis and Pernille Olson Overton. She married Charles Burt. He preceded her in death. She married Donald Peterson Aug. 31, 1958, in Dovray.

She attended schools in Dovray. After her second marriage, they lived in Dovray for 41/2 years and then moved to Holly Township and farmed. She worked for Omberson's Hardware for 19 years. In November 2002, she became a resident at the Westbrook Good Samaritan Center. She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary, Our Savior's Ladies Aid and the Holly Flower Club.

Surviving are her husband; one son, Gerald (Lynn) Burt, South Carolina; one sister, Violet Schultz; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.