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Obituaries from the week of Oct. 7, 2009

John Kosse, 67

John G. Kosse, age 67 of Rochester, formerly of Tracy, passed away suddenly Friday, October 2, 2009 at his home.  Mass of Christian Burial was held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 6,  at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy. 

John G. Kosse was born October 31, 1941 in Tracy, the son of Joseph and Evelyn Kosse.  He resided in Tracy for most of his life, moving to Rochester in 1987.  He married Beverly Larson in Tracy on April 20, 1963.  Mr. Kosse worked at Enderson’s Men’s & Boys’ Clothing Store in Tracy for 21 years.  He also served in the National Guard from 1962 to 1968.  In 1980 he began working as an insurance agent and remained in that profession until his passing.

Active in his community and church, he dedicated lifelong service to Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy, Pax Christi Catholic Church in Rochester, as well as numerous civic and community organizations.  He loved music and enjoyed being outdoors.

He is survived by his wife, Bev Kosse, of Rochester; children, Jim Kosse of Corcoran, Marji (Neal) Olson of Plymouth, Carol Kosse of Rochester, and Doug Kosse of rural Foley; 3 grandchildren, Olivia, Audrey, and Alec Olson; a former foreign exchange student who is thought of as a son, Naoki Ban, his wife Takako, and their son Takuma, of Japan; 3 brothers, Dave (Sharon) Kosse of Tracy, Gary (Kathy) Kosse of South Saint Paul, and Chuck (Pat) Kosse of Saint Paul; and a sister, Jeanne (Roger) Stevens of Minneapolis. 

His parents and a sister, Bernadette Kosse, precede him in death.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tracyarea  The Tracy Area Funeral Home assisted the family with local arrangements.

Margaret Lessman, 75

Margaret Jean Lessman, 75, of Prescott Valley, AZ passed away on September 28, 2009. 

She was born November 13, 1933 to Ray and Dorthy Vickerman of Tracy, MN.  She was married to Richard Lessman on January 26, 1952.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Elaine Vickerman and Janice Raymond, a brother David Vickerman, and brother-in-law Lloyd Raymond.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years Richard (Dick) Lessman, daughters Dot (Jerry) Nering of Maine, Dawn (Shane) Medford of Prescott Valley, grandchildren Alex and Allayna Nering of Maine, Katie Medford of Prescott Valley and her beloved nieces and nephews.

A memorial celebration of her life took place October 3, 2009 at their home.  Science Care is entrusted with the arrangements.


Gordon B. Vik, 82

 Gordon B. Vik age 82 of Tracy passed away Monday, October 5, 2009 at Seasons Hospice in Redwood Falls.  Funeral services are pending at this time with the Tracy Area Funeral Home.  Online condolences may be sent via  The Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.