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Obituaries from the week of November 30, 2005


Richard Haney, 61

A memorial service was held on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2005 for Richard “Dick” Haney, at the Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall.

Richard Harris Haney was born to Joseph Albert and Evelyn Mae (Harris) Haney on January 11, 1944 in Tracy, Minnesota. He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith.

Dick was raised in the Tracy area and enjoyed farming. He worked on many area farms, drove truck and worked for many construction companies as a heavy equipment operator. He always enjoyed helping his neighbors with lawn mowing, snow blowing or just lending a helping hand. His neighbors were his extended family and he appreciated everything they did for him. In recent years his health restricted his activities.

Dick passed away at his residence in Marshall of natural causes on Thursday, November 24, 2005. He had reached the age of 61 years, 10 months and 13 days.

He is survived by his two daughters, Debra (and DeWayne) Schaffron of Wood Lake and Denise (and Joe) Birman of Tracy; father, Joe of Marshall; two siblings, Darlys (and Don) Brewers of Marshall and David (and Lisa) Haney of Marshall; seven grandchildren, Michael, Brett, Chris, Jazmin, Bobby, Cody and Barbara; also other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Evelyn; and three wives, Barb (Rustman), Debbie (Grant) and Marge.

Burial was in the Custer Cemetery, rural Tracy with the Hamilton Funeral Home of Marshall handling the arrangements.

Alice Anderson, 87

Funeral services were held for Alice Anderson today, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2005 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Balaton, MN. Rev. Steven Quist officiated. Organist was Lisa Parker with Geneva Swan as soloist.

Casket bearers were Darvin Johnson, Evan Johnson, Reuben Wee, Duane Johnson, Curtis Erickson and Dan Stewart.

Alice Rosella Anderson was born April 30, 1918 to J. Aaron and Bertha (Johnson) Anderson on a farm in Flaxville, Montana. She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith at Zion Lutheran Church south of Balaton, MN where she was involved in WELCA, taught Sunday School, and made quilts and home made soap for missions. After Zion closed in 1991, she joined Trinity Lutheran Church in Balaton where she was an active member until her death.

Alice attended country school at District #8 through the sixth grade and continued grades seven through twelve in Balaton Public School, graduating in 1936. She graduated from Mankato State Teacher’s College in 1938 after which she taught in rural schools and the Lynd Public School. In 1949 she graduated from the Lutheran Bible Institute and engaged in Parish work in Windom, MN. She also taught for one year in San Bernadino, CA in a Christian Day School. She graduated with a BS Degree from Mankato State University in 1965 and taught in the Slayton Public School for 26 years, retiring in 1981.

Alice and her sister, Lila, enjoyed traveling many places in the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii they also visited Scandinavia and the Caribbean.

She was an avid reader and enjoyed her Bible study groups, crafts, knitting, crocheting, gardening, visiting with friends and relatives and playing games.

In 1965 the Andersons moved from their farm by Current Lake into their house in Balaton where they resided until 1998 when Alice and Lila moved into a new duplex. In September 2004, Alice’s health failed and she moved to the Colonial Manor Nursing Home where she passed away on November 24, 2005 at the age of 87.

She is survived by one brother, Donald and his wife, Fran of Hackensack, MN; one sister, Lila of Balaton; one sister-in-law, Margie of Ames, IA; one uncle, Virgil Johnson of Duncan, OK; ten nieces and nephews; 16 grand-nieces and nephews; 14 great-grand nieces and nephews and many cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Gordon.

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