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Obituaries from the week of Oct. 14, 2009

Isidore  “Bud” Baumann, 89

Funeral Services were held on Monday, Oct. 12, 2009  at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, for Isidore “Bud” Baumann of Burnsville, MN.

Bud passed away Oct. 6, 2009 at the age of 89.

He is survived by loving wife Dolores; children, Jarold, Jill (Keith) Anderson, Roger, Peggy (William) Manther, Marcie Baumann, Maxine (Richard) Menze; 12 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; brother Arthur (Alice) Baumann.

He was preceded in death by four brothers and five sisters.

Interment was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery with the  White Funeral Home Burnsville handling the arrangements.


Denis Brasket, 79

Denis Robert Brasket, age 79 from Tracy, MN, passed away Sept. 28, 2009 in Bloomington.

Denis was a 1947 graduate of Tracy High School and the University of MN.  He served in the MN National Guard and was called to active service into the US Army.  His professional career spanned over 40 years of civilian and military aerospace engineering.  His opposition to the Vietnam War began a passion for political activism which filled much of his later life along with bridge, chess and family.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Estella, brother Cyril, and parents, Curt and Mary Brasket.

Survived by his extended family including children, Eva, Robert and Aaron; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brothers, Clement, Curt and Richard and sisters, Doris Peluzzo and Patricia Klawitter.

A private memorial service was held on October 3, 2009.



Kathryn Dieken, 61

Mass of Christian Burial for Kathryn Dieken, 61, of Marshall, was held today, Wednesday, October 14, 2009, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Marshall. The Rehkamp-Horvath Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Kathryn Marie Dieken was born July 22, 1948, in Tracy, MN to Fred and Helen (Seltz) Goltz.  She was the youngest of eight children.  Kathy graduated from Tracy High School in 1966.  She graduated from Minnesota School of Business in 1968 and then worked as a secretary at Honeywell in St. Paul for two years.

On April 4, 1970, Kathy married Harold Francis Dieken and they made their home on a farm near Green Valley.  They were blessed with two children, Chad and Emmy, and spent 39 years raising a close and loving family and welcoming four grandsons. 

     Kathy was a homemaker where she spent countless hours working around the yard, helping out in the fields and with the family turkey operation, and greeted her children every day when they got home from school with lunch waiting for them.  After their children left home, Kathy continued to involve herself in many church activities and began volunteering at the Avera Marshall Auxillary Thrift Store; fulfilling her love to be around others.  Kathy developed many close and lasting friendships with so many people, and was often described as a perfect friend.  Those friendships were so meaningful to her and continue to be cherished by her family.  Kathy had a passion of helping and giving to others, whether it was arranged or she did it as a surprise, and when starting a conversation she would always ask how you were doing first rather than talking about herself.  She truly enjoyed flowers and gardening with all her plants perfectly marked and labeled, and just being outdoors.  Kathy was loved and adored by her grandsons, and she played, read to, and laughed with them every minute during visits.  Kathy’s smile and laugh were contagious, and she inspired others with her positive outlook and her protocol to always see the best in everything and everyone; never did she complain or want to see anyone disappointed or let down.  One of her favorite things to do was to clip out quotes from various sources and post them on the refrigerator for everyone to read; a recent one she had posted read, “Those who fail to appreciate the small blessings in life don’t deserve anything more;” a value she certainly passed along to her children.  To many of us Kathy was much too young to be called by the Lord, but we know that God always has a reason for His plan and we must follow it.  Kathy’s family and friends are so thankful for the time given to them, and the memories with her will be carried on in their hearts forever.  

Kathy died Saturday, October 10, 2009, at Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center.  She endured a short 13-week battle with cancer and other complications related to Sjogren’s Syndrome, but she was courageous, a true fighter, and always in good spirits throughout.

She is survived by her loving husband, Harold of Marshall; two children, Chad (and Kim) Dieken of Victoria, and Emmy (and Jay) Buboltz of Mankato; the light of her life, her four grandsons, Spencer (7) and William (4) Dieken, and Andrew (3) and Mitchell (1) Buboltz; siblings Janet (Dennis) Lemcke, Gerald (Cathy) Goltz, Carolyn Goltz, Dorothy Wells, Margaret (Larry) McCurdy, Lloyd (Barb) Goltz, and Pat (Al) Breczinski; and many special nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

Kathy is preceded in death by her parents.

A private family interment will take place at St. Clotilde Catholic Cemetery in Green Valley.

Blessed be the memory of Kathy Dieken, a beautiful woman.

Memorials preferred to Holy Redeemer School Foundation.


Evelyn Serreyn, 84

Mass of Christian Burial for Evelyn Serreyn, 84, of Marshall, was held on Friday, October 9, 2009, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Marshall.

Evelyn Marie (Bradtke) Serreyn was born on October 13, 1924, in Ivanhoe, to Carl and Lucille (Popowski) Bradtke. 

On April 23, 1941, she was united in marriage to Oscar Serreyn.  The couple lived in Arco until 1950 when they moved to Marshall.  Evelyn worked as a cook in a variety of locations and retired from Stan’s Café on Main Street.  Evelyn was very passionate about her birds and fed them daily with her homemade recipes.  She also enjoyed her daily six-mile walk.  Evelyn enjoyed baking and shared her goodies with friends and family.  She also enjoyed word-search puzzles, flowers, gardening, reading and was an avid twins fan. 

Evelyn died on Monday, October 5, 2009, at the Morningside Heights Care Center in Marshall.

She is survived by her children Donna (and Merle) Hess of Marshall, Shirley (and Jerry) Myhre of Tracy, Linda Ribera of Tracy, Cyril Serreyn of Yankton, SD, Bonnie (and Jim) Plehall of Sibley, IA, Deborah Serreyn, Jeffery Serreyn and Cindy (and Doug) Nuese, all of Marshall, and Brian Serreyn of St. Leo, 24 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, eight great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two sons Bob and Howard, grandchildren Brenda and Bradley Serreyn and Gabe Ribera, one great-granddaughter and all 11 of her siblings.

Interment followed the service at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Marshall. The Rehkamp – Horvath Funeral Home in Marshall handled the arrangements.


Mildred “Lou” Velta, 99

Funeral services were held today, Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at Tracy Lutheran Church for Mildred “Lou” C. Velta, age 99 of Tracy, MN.

Mildred “Lou” Luella Christine Velta was born October 11, 1910 to John and Emma (Simonson) Rehmann in Northfield, MN.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Northfield Lutheran Church.  Lou attended Northfield Public Schools and graduated from Northfield High School before attending St. Olaf College in Northfield, where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree.

She moved to Tracy, MN in 1948, where she taught English and was the librarian at Tracy High School until 1958.  On November 15, 1957 Lou married Robert H. Velta.  She enjoyed the many trips she took with her husband to Europe and annual vacations in Hot Springs, AR.  Lou loved playing bridge and belonged to several Bridge groups over the years.  She was a member of Tracy Lutheran Church and the Tracy American Legion Auxiliary. 

She and her husband, Bob, Lived their entire married life on North Street in Tracy.  In 2008 Lou made a monetary donation to the City of Tracy to preserve the former St. Mark’s Church property, which stood adjacent to North Street, as a park in memory of her beloved husband.

In October of 2006 Lou became a resident of the Valley View Manor in Lamberton, MN and moved in May of 2009 to the Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye, MN, where she died Sunday, October 11, 2009 at the age of 99.

She is survived by nephews, Gordon Rahman of Red Wing, MN, Gerald Rahmann of Northfield, MN, Calvin (Louise) Rahmann of Palm Springs, CA, Donald (Ellie) Rahman of Golden Valley, MN, Alvin Rahman of Northfield, MN, Marvin (Christine) Rahman of Virginia Beach, VA, Curtis (Avice) Reed of Northfield, MN; nieces, Audrey (Allen) Pleschourt of Northfield, MN, JoAnne (Steve) Lawrence of Seattle, WA, Kay Rahman of Waseca, MN, Mona (Robert) Johannson of Goodyear, AZ, and Nancy (Michael) Lucast of Elko, MN.

Her parents, husband, Bob, two sisters, Evelyn Voss and Selma Reed, and two brothers, Franklin Rehmann and Jerome Rehmann preceded her in death.    

Interment will be at a later date in Northfield, MN.  The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy is handling the arrangements. 

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