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Obituaries from the week of May 27, 2009

Muriel Bruder, 73
Rose Jackson, 94
John Schleppenbach, 77
Delpha Thon, 88

Muriel Bruder, 73

Services for Muriel Bruder, 73, of Walnut Grove, will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 28, 2009 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Walnut Grove. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 27 at the Almlie Funeral Home in Tracy, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church Thursday. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Walnut Grove.

Muriel Jean Bruder was born February 26, 1936 to Oscar and Emilia (Gregoire) Sheets in Tracy, MN, Lyon County.  She was baptized on April 5, 1936 and confirmed on July 7, 1948 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy.  Muriel attended Tracy Public Schools, graduating from Tracy High School in 1954, and was part of the first outdoor commencement exercises held in Tracy.  During her senior year of school Muriel was a Box Car Days Queen Candidate, representing Chicago & Northwestern Railroad.

As a young woman Muriel worked as a waitress for Sy and Sally Sanders Eat Shop Café, where she waited on many passengers on the “400”, or employees of the railroad, NSP or Northwestern Bell.  It was while she worked here that one particular lineman caught her attention by pulling various pranks on her, and he later became her husband.

On October 11, 1958 Muriel married Romaine Bruder at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and they made their home in the Tracy and Walnut Grove area for most of their lives, with a brief time living in Chaska, MN.  After her husband’s death in 1977, Muriel raised her six children on her own, with a determined set of goals for each to be educated, married, working, and in their own home with their families.  Muriel worked a variety of jobs over the years, including the Tracy and Walnut Grove Bakeries, Nelson’s Red Owl in Walnut Grove, as a cook in the Christian Manor Nursing Home for many years and Hy-Vee in Marshall.

She was a member in the Past of St. Mary’s in Tracy and a current member of the St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Walnut Grove.  She enjoyed knitting, embroidery, baking, especially bread, and spending time with her children and their families. 

In March of 2009 Muriel became a resident of the Golden Living Center in Slayton, MN where she died Thursday, May 21, 2009 at the age of 73.

Muriel is survived by her three daughters, Pam (Jay) Swanson of Walnut Grove, MN, Nancy (Dean) Grams of Marshall, MN and Donna (Herb) Rosin of Sioux Falls, SD; three sons, Bob (Kim) Bruder of Tracy, MN, Dean (Petra) Bruder of Wolfersheim/Sodel, Germany and Brian (Karie) Bruder of Buffalo, MN; thirteen grandchildren, one great grandchild; one brother, Gary (Shirley) Sheets of Rogers, MN; nieces, nephews and many friends.

Her parents, and her husband, Romaine, preceded her in death.

Online condolences may be placed at


Rose Jackson, 94

Rose Mary Jackson, age 94 of Tracy, Minnesota passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2009 at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Funeral services will be 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 29, 2009 at the Tracy Area Funeral Home. Visitation will be 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. A private family interment will be held at a later date. The Tracy Area Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at

Rose Mary Rubin was born to John and Mary (Mousse) Rubin on February 23, 1915 in Pennsylvania. She grew up on their farm in coal mine country. She was united in marriage to Steve Gyongyose on November 11, 1939 in Pennsylvania. Later, the couple changed their last name to Jackson, but remained proud of their Hungarian heritage. They moved to San Antonio, TX and later to Norwalk, CA where Rose Mary lived for 47 years.

Rose was a member of the Retail Clerks Union and worked for GEMCO stores as a department manager. After her retirement she and Steve enjoyed traveling in their motor home visiting family and friends and also going to Las Vegas. Rose was an avid gardener, excellent Hungarian cook, and enjoyed going to Senior Dining. Her husband passed away in June 2005 and in 2007 Rose moved to Tracy, MN to live with her son. Her last few months were spent at Prairie View Healthcare Center.

Survivors include her three sons: Steve (Dea) Jackson of Hillsboro, OR; Francis Jackson (special friend Lenore Gray) of Richmond, CA, and Robert (Mev) Jackson of Tracy, MN; seven grandchildren: Jeff Jackson, Jim Jamerson, Lisa DeLaVergne, Bethany Jackson, Bryan Jackson, Brett Jackson, and Brady Jackson; four great-grandchildren; sister Margaret Vargo of Pennsylvania; and sister-in-law June Rubin of Sun City, CA.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and four siblings.


John Schleppenbach, 77

John Schleppenbach, age 77 of Tracy, MN died, surrounded by his loving family, Monday, May 25, 2009 at his home.  Services will be 1 p.m., Saturday, May 30, 2009 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy.  Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. Friday, May 29, 2009 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, with a rosary at 4 p.m., a Knights of Columbus rosary at 7:30 p.m. and a prayer service at 8 p.m.  One hour of visitation will be at the funeral home on Saturday prior to the service.

Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Tracy, followed by a luncheon at the Veteran’s Memorial Center, downtown Tracy.  Please join family and friends for a Firebrick Farewell for a Final Round Salute from John, 5 p.m. Saturday at the Tracy Country Club.

The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy is handling the arrangements.

Online condolences may be placed at


 Delpha Thon, 88

Delpha M. Thon, age 88 of New London, died Monday, May 18, 2009 at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.   Funeral services were held Thursday, May 21, 2009 at Peace Lutheran Church in New London.

Delpha Mae Thon was born on April 28, 1921 on the family farm near Garvin, MN, the daughter of Marion and Edith (Lind) Owens.  She was baptized and confirmed at the Garvin Congregational Church. She attended school in the area and after graduating from high school, attended Minneapolis Business College.

On July 29, 1944, Delpha was united in marriage to Frank Thon at the Garvin Congregational Church.  They made their home in Minneapolis for 38 years where Delpha worked as a homemaker.  After her children graduated from high school she worked for the Minneapolis Credit Bureau, retiring in 1982.  She and Frank then moved to Pine City. She moved to GlenOaks Senior Living Center in New London in 2001.  Delpha and Frank were able to share in 50 years of marriage before Frank’s death in 1994.

Delpha was a member of Peace Lutheran Church and the New London Legion Auxiliary.  She enjoyed spending time with her family, fishing, playing cards (especially with her grandchildren) and watching the Minnesota Twins. 

Delpha is survived by her children, John (Virginia) Thon of New London, Neil (Lois) Thon of Coon Rapids, and Barb (Bob) Raudenbush of Worthington; eight grandchildren, Jennifer, Brian, Tami, Michelle, Lynne, Molly, Krista, and Jesse; and thirteen great-grandchildren. 

Delpha was preceded in death by her husband, Frank; parents and infant brother.   

Burial was at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Crystal.  With the Johnson Funeral Home of New London handling the arrangements.