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Obituaries from the week of June 10, 2009

 Carroll Beens, 69

Carroll Arnold Beens age 69 of Tracy passed away on Monday, June 8, 2009 at the Prairie Home Hospice in Marshall.  A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Grace Life Church in Marshall.  Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday at the Tracy Area Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.  Interment is in the Gales Township Cemetery. 

Carroll Beens was born July 5, 1939 in Tracy, Minnesota to Arnold and Lucille (Carlson) Beens.  He attended school in Walnut Grove and graduated in 1957.  Carroll started Beens Distributing in 1985 where he worked until retiring in January 2009.  Carroll was a charter member of the Tracy Eagles Club.  He enjoyed shooting pool, watching Western Movies and races.  He was a big supporter of his children and grandchildren in their sporting activities.  He loved visiting and spending time with his customers, neighbors, friends and family.

Carroll is survived by his wife Carroll; six children; fifteen grandchildren; three great grandchildren; brothers Ron Beens and wife Karla of Walnut Grove, and Brian Beens of Wabasso; and many other relatives and friends. 

Preceding him in death are his parents, one grandson, and many friends and relatives.

Email condolences may be sent via www.tracyareafuneral  The Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.


Mary Hansen, 91

Funeral services were held today, Wed., June 10, 2009 for Mary Ellen Hansen at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Currie, MN with Fr. Larry Brixius officiating.  The organist was Micah Sunderman.  The song leaders were LoAnn Hansen and Kristin Hansen with special music by Marissa Brengman.  The pallbearers were her grandchildren.  Interment was at Calvary Cemetery Currie, MN.  

Mary Hansen was born on November 30, 1917 on the family farm near Currie, Minnesota to Thomas and Susan Biren Leonard.  She grew up on the farm and attended Country School District #47 and graduated from Immaculate Heart of Mary School in 1935. 

On January 4, 1939 she and Leo Hansen were married at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Currie.  Following their marriage they farmed near Currie and raised their six children.  Mary later worked at Gardner’s Grocery Store in Currie.  In 1989 they retired and moved to Currie. 

In August 2008 Mary became a resident of the Prairie View Healthcare Center in Tracy.  Mary passed away on Sunday, June 7, 2009 at the Sanford Tracy Medical Center in Tracy at the age of 91. 

She was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Currie and was active in the WCCW, and Altar Society where she held various offices in both organizations.  Mary also was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America and a 4-H leader.  Mary made many quilts for her children, grandchildren and missions.  Mary enjoyed spending time with her family, baking, gardening, flowers, and bird watching.

Survivors include her husband, Leo Hansen of Currie, MN, six children and spouses, Richard and Marilyn Hansen of Walnut Grove, MN, Mary (Fran) and Ray Busch of Fulda, MN, James and LoAnn Hansen of Currie, MN, John and Kristin Hansen of Currie, MN, Patricia and Lawrence Carlson of Westbrook, MN, and Herbert and Marsha Hansen of Dovray, MN, 23 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, and one sister, Gertrude Donahue of Sleepy Eye, MN. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, two son-in-laws, Hugh Bangasser, and Donald Kramer, one granddaughter-in-law, Lori Bangasser, sister, Anne Donahue, and two brothers, John and Tom Leonard. 

Totzke Funeral Home of Slayton in charge of arrangements. To view online obituary and send condolences visit 


Fort Snelling service set for Mike Ramsey

Friends of Michael J. Ramsey are invited to a “celebration of life” service at Fort Snelling National Cemetery Monday, June 29.

The gathering is planned at 10:45 a.m. at Assembly Area No. 4, just north of Hwy. 494 at 34th Ave. South in Minneapolis. (across from the Hubert H. Humphery airport terminal.)

A burial service with military honors will take place at 11 a.m.

A post-service gathering is planned in Roseville at noon for family and friends.  Maps will be provided after the service.

Ramsey, a longtime Tracy and Lake Shetek area resident, died on March 14, 2009.