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Obituaries from the week of September 21, 2005

Lois Dwyer, 73

Lois Knutson Dwyer passed away on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2005 in Carson City, NV at the age of 73. Lois was the daughter of Clarence and Lucille Knutson of Garvin, MN.

Survivors include husband, Jerry Dwyer of Carson City, NV; two sons, Robert and Perry Hook of Minden, NV and daughter, Janine Reiser of Bothell, WA; and seven grandchildren; two sisters, Doris Holm and Karen Baertschiger both of Grants Pass, OR.

Lois enjoyed oil painting and spent many years perfecting her art. She also enjoyed gardening and traveling.

Bruce Lanoue, 52

Funeral Service for Bruce Michael Lanoue, 52, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, formerly of Marshall, will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 23, 2005, at Rehkamp – Horvath Funeral Home in Marshall. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. on Friday. Interment will be at Bethel Cemetery in Garvin, MN.

Bruce was born on October 10, 1952, to Merlin and Letha (Evans) Lanoue. After attending school in Tracy, Bruce moved to Marshall for his senior year and graduated from Marshall High School in 1970. He served for four years in the United States Air Force. Bruce then returned to Marshall and attended Southwest State University where he received a degree in Electrical Engineering. He worked in Minneapolis, Florida and most recently in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Bruce enjoyed collecting antiques. He died on Friday, September 16, 2005, at Paoli Hospital in Paoli, PA. He is survived by his siblings Merlin (Grace) of Alexandria, Robert (Rufina) of Alexandria, Duane of Granite Bay, CA, Sharon (Kenneth) Steinhouse of Northfield, Larry (Joan) of Garvin, Myron of Savage, six nephews and three nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

Donald Lund, 83

Donald Arthur Lund was born on September 23, 1921 in Walnut Grove, MN to C. H. Arthur and Mary (Brown) Lund. He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove and was a life long member of the church. He attended school in Walnut Grove and graduated from Walnut Grove High School in 1939. Donald served in the U.S. Marine Corp from 1942-1945. Most of this time was spent serving in Hawaii.

Donald was united in marriage to Lorrayne D. Wegner on April 11, 1945. To this union three children were born; Sharon, Greg and Mike. Donald purchased and ran the Don-Elt Food Market with his brother. They then purchased Don-Elt Hatchery and sold Pioneer Seed Corn. His brother moved from Walnut Grove and Don continued to run the hatchery, sell Pioneer Seed and started Lund Layer Units. Don also served as city clerk and city assessor for several years. Donald was an avid outdoor person and enjoyed hunting and especially fishing. His family and friends enjoyed his special sense of humor. He and Lorrayne retired to Alexandria.

Donald Lund passed away on Thursday, September 8, 2005 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the age of 83 years, 11 months and 16 days.

Donald is survived by his wife Lorrayne of Alexandria; sons: Greg (Wanda) Lund of Walnut Grove, and Mike (Bonnie) Lund of Mankato; four grandchildren: Sara (Travis) Bitker, Jenny, Ryan and Olivia Lund; one brother C. Elton (Patty) Lund of Roseville and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Sharon and his parents.

Margaret Skjong, 82

Funeral Services for Margaret Skjong, 82 of Walnut Grove were held on Saturday, September 17, 2005 at 10:30 a.m. at English Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove. Rev. Bonnie Lomen officiated. Bonnie Olson was soloist.

Casket bearers wre Todd Anderson, Tanya Anderson, Garry Anderson, Scott Skjong, Janise Skjong, Tara Skjong, Mary Anderson, Rick Olson and Roger Engler.

Margaret Lucille Skjong was born November 13, 1922 in Tyler, Minnesota to Herman and Clara (Ruppert) Kohler. She grew up in the Tyler Area and graduated from Tyler High School

She was united in marriage to Lloyd Skjong on August 25, 1941. The couple settled on a farm near Walnut Grove. Margaret enjoyed reading, gardening, sewing, and quilting. She especially enjoyed her family. She was a good mother and a good wife. She was a member of English Lutheran church and its Ladies Aid, Margaret also taught Sunday School for many years.

On September 13, 2005 Margaret Lucille Skjong died at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

She is survived by her husband, Lloyd of Walnut Grove, children; Conrad (Sue) Skjong of San Lorenzo, CA, Sharon Skjong of Pierre, SD, Sandra (Garry) Anderson Rochester, Bonnie (Rick) Olson of Becker, Curtis Skjong of Chicago, and Lee (Karen) Skjong of Union City, CA. grandchildren; Janise Skjong, Scott (Tara) Skjong, Todd (Mary) Anderson, Tanya Anderson, and Lee and Karen’s children; Shalia, Megan, Nicole, and Brandon. She is also survived by her siblings; Leo Kohler of Tyler, Ellen Abraham of Tyler, Ceil Dubbledee of Tyler, and Betty Schmidt of Pipestone.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Ervin and sisters, Thelma and Leona.

Interment was in the Walnut Grove Cemetery. Walnut Grove Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Daniel Van DeWiele, 40

Funeral services were held Friday, September 16, 2005 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy for Daniel Van De Wiele.

Daniel David Van De Wiele was born May 14, 1965 to David and Doreen (Louwagie) Van De Wiele in Tracy, Minnesota. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy. He graduated from Tracy Public Schools in 1983. Dan then attended Southwest State in Marshall for two years. Dan enlisted in the United States Army and served in the Intelligence Branch. During the service he went to Linguistic School in Camp Perseid, CA where he learned to speak five different languages. After eight years in the Army, Dan attended the University of South Dakota. He then worked as editor for newspapers in Valentine, Nebraska, Kimball, Nebraska and Montgomery, Minnesota. Dan then attended Brown Institute in Minneapolis for Data Processing. For the past seven years he has worked at Rural Commodity Insurance Agency in Anoka, MN. Dan enjoyed watching professional sports, especially the Timberwolves and the Vikings. He liked politics, movies, and music. Most important to Dan was his family. When he couldn’t spend time with them during the holidays, he helped the needy by working in soup kitchens.

On September 12, 2005 Daniel David Van De Wiele died at his home in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the age of 40 years, 3 months and 28 days.

He is survived by his parents David and Doreen of Tracy; brothers: Dale of Dell Rapids, SD and Dean and wife Kelly of Pierre, SD. He is also survived by his grandmother, Rita Van De Wiele of Tracy, and niece Cassandra and nephew Michael.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Oscar Van De Wiele, and Gerard and Mary Louwagie.

Burial was in the church cemetery. Tracy Area Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.