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Obituaries from the week of July 6, 2005


Alvin Buesing, 82

Alvin L. Buesing, age 82, of Huron, SD, died Tuesday, June 28, 2005 at his home. His memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 2, 2005, at the First United Methodist Church in Huron, with private committal prior to the service at the Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Alvin L. Buesing was born February 18, 1923, in Amiret, Minnesota, to Albert and Martha (Buck) Buesing.

Survivors include his wife, Verley, of Huron; three sons, Gary (Monica) Buesing, of Huron, Clair (Carol) Buesing, of Huron, and Lowell (Debra) Buesing, of Angleton, TX; four grandchildren, Todd (Sally) Buesing of Fremont, NE, Jane (Craig) Den Herder of Omaha, NE, Heather (Clint) Cowan of Frisco, TX and Heidi (Jason) O’Mara of Aurora, CO; six great-grandsons; one step-great-granddaughter; two brothers, Von (Grace) Buesing, of Tracy, MN, and Robert (Jan) Buesing, of Menominee, WI; and two sisters, Shirley Clark, of Huron, and Joyce (John) Goltz, of Huntsville, AL.

Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society.

Kuhler Funeral Home of Huron, SD handled the arrangements.

Carol I. Cook, 77

Mrs. Carol Ione Cook, 77, a 25-year resident of Placerville, CA, died Saturday, July 2, 2005 at an assisted living facility in Bend, Oregon from cancer.

Mrs. Cook was born July 25, 1927, to David and Lydia Ferguson in Tracy, MN. Mrs. Cook was preceded in death by her former husband William; her parents, brothers, John and Gerald Ferguson, and her sister Nola Murphy.

Surviving are her son David Cook and his wife Deborah of Fayetteville, North Carolina; her daughter Caren Zetterberg and her husband Erik of Bend, Oregon; and three grandchildren, Jennifer, Jonathan and Rosie.

Funeral services will be conducted on Sunday, July 10, at 2 p.m. at Federated Church of Placerville. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Carol’s memory to help support the many charitable operations of the church she so loved; Federated Church, 1031 Thompson Way, Placerville, CA 95667.

Lorna Mae Foster, 64

Funeral services were held at the Lutheran Church of the Tribune God in Brooklyn Center on Saturday June 25 at 4 p.m. for Lorna Mae Foster. She passed away peacefully on June 22 at the age of 64.

Lorna was born in Tracy on February 28, 1941 and graduated from high school in 1959. On May 10, 1961, she graduated from Mankato State, St. Joseph’s hospital as an LPN. Lorna was an All Star City Softball player and played third base.

She was married to John W. Foster on October 19, 1963 at Tracy Lutheran Church. She worked as a nurse at Abbott Swedish and Unity Hospitals and was a Thiftway employee for 40 years.

She is survived by her husband John; son Michael; daughter Susan (Neil); sisters Carol and Lorilee, and grandchildren Tyler and Miranda.

Joseph Keleher, 86

Mass of Christian Burial was held today, Wednesday, July 6 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 2131 Fairview Ave. N., Roseville, for Joseph J. Keleher, age 86 of St. Paul.

Joe was born in Tracy, MN and grew up on a farm nearby. He served in WWII, met and married Janet Otter and they both attended the University of MN on the GI Bill while raising the three oldest of their seven children.

After receiving his degree in Agricultural Economics, Joe taught high school in SW MN for several years before moving back to St. Paul where he lived for the rest of his life.

Joe taught at Anoka Vo-Tech for the last 15 years of his professional life and then had 20 years of delighted retirement to devote to the Master Gardener program and other volunteer projects to continue his passion for teaching and sharing his fascination with plants, gardening, science and the natural world.

He deeply loved and lived for his family, friends and gardens, including the St. Anthony Park Community Garden, which he helped develop and nurture for many years. He was also actively involved in his church, senior groups and was an avid golfer, bowler, fisherman and hunter.

He died suddenly on Thursday, June 30, 2005, in the midst of a very active life of love and service to others, with a strong personal faith in God that sustained him more every year.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel and Anna; seven brothers and seven sisters.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Janet; children Kathy (Tom), Paul (Barbara), Lou Ann (Greg), Patrick (Suzie), Maria, Frances (Andy), and Al; 11 grandchildren; brother, Arthur; sisters, Geneva “Nita”, Anna, Magdalyn “Toots,” and Teresa; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Interment was in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.

Memorials preferred to St. Anthony Park Community Garden.

The Holcomb-Henry-Boom Funeral Home of St. Paul handled the arrangements.

‘Ozzie’ Sorbel, 86

Funeral services were held in Brooklyn Park June 24 for a Tracy native, Otto J. “Ozzie” Sorbel, 86.

A B-17 bomber pilot during World War II, Sorbel was the former owner of the Park Kwik Shop in St. Louis Park.

He is survived by his wife, Dolores; children Vonne (Rodeon) Jenson, David (Dodie) Sorbel, Steven (Barb) Sorbel; ten grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and sisters Evelyn Herder, Kelly Sorbel, and Goldie Wilking.

Melvin Zimmerman, 79

Services for Melvin “Pete” Roy Zimmerman of Island Lake Twp., MN were held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 1, 2005 at Rehkamp & Horvath Funeral Home in Marshall, MN.

Melvin “Pete” Roy Zimmerman was born on October 21, 1925 in Madison, MN. Melvin died on June 28, 2005 at his home. He was the son of Thomas and Isabel (Kenyon) Zimmerman. He received his early education in Dawson, MN.

In 1939 Melvin worked on a farm for room and board and a small allowance. He joined the army in 1944 and was stationed in the Philippines, until he was injured and honorably discharged in 1946. On January 31, 1948 he was united in marriage to Darlene Sylvia Beynon in Maynard, MN. They lived in Brookings, SD., Montevido, Tracy and Marshall, Minnesota. In 1951 he was employed by the Minnesota Highway Department and retired as a foreman from 1984. After retiring they moved to a hobby farm by Minneota, which he dearly loved. His farm was his pride and joy, where he spent many hours “tinkering.” Melvin enjoyed driving race cars, fishing and fixing any and everything that needed it, not only for himself but anyone else that needed help. In 1982 he and Darlene received the “WCCO Good Neighbor Award.” Most of all he loved visiting with his family, relatives and friends and always showed concern about the lives of others. He had a permanent smile on his face and he loved laughing. We truly believe humor was his best medicine.

He is survived by his wife Darlene, son James (and Mary) of Slayton, MN., three grandchildren, Annette (and Rick) Rauschnot, Mykel (and Amy) Zimmerman and Brett (and Robin) Zimmerman, four great grandchildren, Alison and Nathan Rauschnot and Adam and Tyler Zimmerman, five sisters and two brothers. He was preceded in death by one infant daughter, his parents, one sister and five brothers.

The Rehkamp and Horvath Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.