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Obituaries from the week of February 14, 2007


Jean Bauer, 78

Jean M. Bauer age 78 of Westbrook, MN died Wednesday, February 7, 2007 at the Slayton Manor Nursing Home in Slayton, MN. Services were held Saturday, February 10, 2007 at the St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Westbrook. Interment was at the Westbrook Cemetery in Westbrook. The Almlie Funeral Home of Westbrook handled the arrangements.

Jean Marie Bauer was born June 16, 1928 to Joseph and Arretta (Connell) Haughtigan in Streator, IL, LaSalle County. She was baptized in the Catholic faith and later confirmed at St. Benard’s Catholic Church in Chicago, IL. Jean grew up in Chicago and attended Hirsch High School, graduating in 1946.

Jean and her husband, Christopher Kapp, moved to Westbrook, MN in 1953. Where she began working as a Social Worker for the Westbrook Good Samaritan Center for many years. After her husband’s death in 1982, Jean remained in her home and continued working at the Good Samaritan Center until her retirement.

On March 8, 1984 Jean married Vergil Bauer at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Westbrook. She was a member of the St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and was very active in the church’s women’s groups. Over the years Jean was also active in her community as a volunteer with Pre-school screening, the Westbrook Hospital Auxiliary Unit #1, the Westbrook VFW Auxiliary, the Red Hatter’s, and the Westbrook Kiwanis Club, where she was a big part of the “Terrific Kids” program and the Kiwanis Scholarship Committee. Jean enjoyed gardening, reading and especially spending time with her grandchildren.

On Wednesday, February 7, 2007 Jean died at the Slayton Manor Nursing Home in Slayton, MN at the age of 78.

Jean is survived by her husband, Vergil Bauer of Westbrook, MN; two sons, Christopher (Sharon) Kapp of Kasson, MN and John Kapp of Mankato, MN; two daughters, Arretta Eggleston of Lakeland, MN and Barbara (Mark) Yonekawa of St. Paul, MN; eight grandchildren; one great grandson, Jacob; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and many life long friends.

Her parents, first husband, Christopher, one son-in-law, Smith Eggleston and one brother, William Haughtigan preceded her in death.


Jane Casper, 95

Jane B. Casper age 95 of Tracy, MN died Tuesday, February 6, 2007 at the Prairie View Healthcare Center in Tracy. Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, February 12, 2007 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy. Interment was at the Calvary Cemetery in Currie, MN. The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy is handled the arrangements.

Jane B. Casper was born November 1, 1911 to August C. and Emma M. (Montmorency) Vandromme in Zarren, Belgium. She was baptized in Zarren and confirmed in Currie, MN. She emigrated with her family to the United States in 1914 and the family settled in Illinois for two years. Her family then moved to South Dakota for a short time, before moving to Minnesota. She attended country school in North Dakota and Lyon County, MN. As a young woman she worked as a mothers’ helper in the Tracy area for several years.

On July 3rd, 1935 Jane married Emmanuel P. Casper at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy and they made their home on farms in several communities in the area, including Amiret, Tracy, Ghent, Lynd, and Balaton. In 1974 Jane and her husband retired and moved into Currie where they made their home until 1996.

Jane was a homemaker all of her married life and was a past member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Currie and a current member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy. Over the years she was very active in the church women’s group and a neighborhood club. Jane collected miniature lamps and spoons and enjoyed many crafts, crocheting, knitting, camping, fishing, playing cards, and traveling.

In 1996, Jane became a resident of the Prairie View Healthcare Center in Tracy where she died Tuesday, February 6th, 2007 at the age of 95.

Jane is survived by two daughters, Irene (Harley Moon) of Nevada, IA and Anntoinette (David Nealy) of Indianapolis, IN; three sons, Anthony (Sally Casper) of Fontana, WI, Ronald (Diann Casper) of Owatonna, MN and Gerald Casper also of Owatonna, MN; six grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; one sister Regina (Jean Barrie) of Rockford, IL; many nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, E.P. Casper, one infant son, two brothers, Camiel and Maurice, one sister, Alice and two nephews preceded her in death.


Laura Roles, 36

Mass of Christian Burial for Laura Roles, 36, of Wood Lake, formerly of Minneota, were held on Tuesday, February 13, 2007, at St. Michaels Catholic Church in Milroy.

Laura Marie (Schmidt) Roles was born on October 17, 1970, in Tracy to Ronald and Rosann (Cohrs) Schmidt. She grew up north of Tracy and graduated from Tracy High School in 1989. Laura worked at various jobs but her main focus was raising her children. She and her family lived in Minneota until recently moving to Wood Lake. Laura enjoyed crocheting, computers and growing flowers.

After battling cancer for a year and a half, Laura died on Thursday, February 8, 2007, at the Prairie Home Hospice House in Marshall.

She is survived by her husband Bob, children Taylor (13), Joshua (11), Corey (9) and Heather (7) all of Wood Lake, and mother Rosann of Tracy.

She was preceded in death by her father Ronald Schmidt.

Arrangements were handled by Rehkamp & Horvath Funeral Directors of Marshall.