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Obituaries from the week of June 30, 2010

John Brugger, 85 

John “Jack” W. Brugger, 85 of Winona, MN died Saturday, June 26th at Saint Anne Extended Healthcare, Winona.

Jack was born in Tracy, MN December 28, 1924 the son of Edmund L.  and Edna C. (Kurth) Brugger.

He graduated from Tracy Public High School in 1942, where his future wife Delores Freeburg was in the same graduation class.  They were married at Tracy Lutheran Church September 1, 1948.  She preceded him in death January 21, 1998.

Jack was drafted into the Army May 18, 1943 and served at Ft. Meade, MD, the South Pacific, New Caledonia, Gaudalcanal, Philippines and was a part of General Macarthur’s Army of occupation in Japan.  He was discharged February 2, 1946 at the rank of Tech Sergeant.  In 1950 during the Korean Conflict he accepted a direct commission as a 2nd lieutenant and was later promoted to 1st lieutenant.

He began his career in 1946 with Harold Greenberg, an electrician in Balaton, MN.  Jack returned to Tracy to attend Tracy Junior College for 2 years.  In June 1948 he began a 42 year career in the lumber business, joining the Hayes Lucas Lumber Company as an assistant manager of the Tracy Lumber yard.  He moved several times managing lumber yards at Racine, MN and Stewartville, MN.  His next transfer to Watertown, SD was to be district manager for the South Dakota yards.

Hayes Lucas and Botsford Lumber merged in 1961 forming United Building Centers.  In 1963 Jack accepted a position as district manager in the Winona office.  In February 1964 he was named a vice-president at UBC and promoted to Area General Manager over the 52 centers in Western Minnesota, North and South Dakota and Eastern Montana.  Jack retired from UBC December 31, 1989.

In retirement Jack and Delores would enjoy many happy winters in Florida.  Jack is a member of Central Lutheran Church and a past president of the congregation.  He served 11 years on the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce SCORE committee.  He is also a member of Westfield Golf Club.  Jack enjoyed golf and gardening.  He had two gardens raising (lots of onions) and strawberries.

Jack is survived by a son, Larry (Mary) Brugger, St. Cloud, MN, two daughters, Julie (Steven) Darkow, Owatonna, MN and Ellen (Harold) Verdoorn, Austin, MN.  Eight grandchildren, Pearl and John Brugger, Zachary (Kylene) Darkow, Tyler (Bridget) Darkow, Walker Darkow, Aaron, Grant and Evan Verdoorn.  Four great grandchildren and a sister-in-law Helen Sagmoen, Slayton, MN

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, wife-Delores, grandson-Trevor Darkow, four sisters and one brother.

Funeral services celebrating Jack’s life will be Thursday July 1, 2010 at Central Lutheran Church, Winona at 11 a.m. Rev. Jeff Franko officiating.  Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Winona where members of American Legion Post #9 will conduct military burial honors.

Friends may call on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 from 4-7 p.m. at the Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home and on Thursday from 10-11 a.m. at the church.

Jack’s grandchildren will act as casket bearers.

Memorial gifts may be directed to Central Lutheran Church, 259 W. Wabasha St., Winona, MN 55987 or the American Heart Association.

Services entrusted to Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Winona.

Words of sympathy and remembrance may be left at www.fawcett-junker 



Yvonne Klingbeil, 81

Funeral services were held for Yvonne Joyce Klingbeil at Christ Lutheran Church in Slayton, MN on Saturday, June 26, 2010  with Rev. Ted Kunze officiating.  The organist was Twyla Hungerford with special music by Heidi Winter.  The pallbearers were Larry Leysen, Lee Leysen, LeRoy Swan, Leslie Martin, Bud Cochran and Mark (George) Hemmingsen.

Yvonne Klingbeil was born on May 10, 1929 in Tracy, Minnesota to Clyde and Sarah Gudmundson McFarland.  She grew up on the family farm and graduated from Tracy High School in 1946.  Yvonne then attended Eitel Nursing School in Minneapolis and graduated in 1949.  Yvonne worked in the Twin Cities following nursing school for a short time.  On November 29, 1952 she and James Klingbeil were married at the Hoiland Lutheran Church in rural Garvin, MN.  Following their marriage they lived on the family farm near Slayton for a short time before moving to Slayton in 1959.  Yvonne worked at the Murray County Hospital in Slayton as an RN until her retirement in 1994.  On June 18, 2010 Yvonne moved to Our Hospice Home in Slayton and passed away there on Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at the age of 81.  She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Slayton.  Yvonne enjoyed cross-stitching, crocheting, knitting, bird watching, traveling, reading and shopping.  

Survivors include her husband, James of Slayton, MN, three sons and their spouses, Bill and Barb Klingbeil of Brooklyn Park, MN, Doug and Mary Klingbeil of Niwot, CO, and Philip and Caryn Klingbeil of Lakeville, MN, one granddaughter, Andrea McLaughlin and her husband, Dan, two great-granddaughters, Abigail and Isabella McLaughlin.  She is preceded in death by her parents, father and mother in-law, Clarence and Clara Klingbeil, and one son, David Klingbeil.

Interment is at Slayton Memorial Gardens, Slayton, MN.

Totzke Funeral Home of Slayton was in charge of arrangements. To send online condolences visit


Dana Schultz, 34

Funeral services were held today, Wednesday, June 30, 2010 for Dana Schultz, at the Hadley Lutheran Church Hadley, MN  with the Rev. Kerry Bose officiating.  The organist was Marilyn Zinnel. The soloist was Heidi Winter.  The pallbearers are Tom Dugen, Steve Dugen, Jason Dugen, Hank Moller, Dean Baker and Steve Ferrazzano. 

Dana Schultz, the daughter of David and Linda Dugan Olson, was born on October 9, 1975 in Willmar, MN.  She grew up in Kandiyohi, MN and attended school in Willmar and graduated from Willmar High School. She attended college in the twin cities and Southwest State University in Marshall, MN. 

Dana was united in marriage to Allen Schultz on November 9, 1993 in Slayton, MN.  After their marriage they lived in various locations throughout Minnesota until moving to Tracy, MN in 2004.

Dana passed away at the Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD on Saturday, June 26, 2010 at the age of 34.  She enjoyed going to the family cabin up north, cooking, playing piano, volleyball and softball and just being a mom.

Survivors include her husband, Al Schultz of Tracy, MN; son Dayton Schultz of Tracy, MN, parents, David and Linda Olson of Hadley, MN; two brothers, Tim Olson and Jon Olson; maternal grandmother, Alice Dugan of Albert Lea, MN; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Robert and Sharon Schultz of Westbrook, MN; two sister-in-laws, Cindy (Les Tix) Schultz and Susan (Eric) Tix; brother-in-law, Bill Schultz; aunts, uncles and cousins.  She is preceded in death by her parents, paternal grandparents, maternal grandfather and cousin, Jo Patirno.

Interment was at Highland Cemetery Hadley, MN. 

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Viola Frank-Schwint, 92

Viola Frank – Schwint, age 92 of Springfield died on Thursday, June 24, 2010 at St. John Lutheran Home in Springfield, MN.

Visitation will be on Thursday, July 1, 2010 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the Sturm Funeral Home with burial at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester, MN with a burial service at 4 p.m.

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield.

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Viola was born on May 22, 1918 in Tracy, MN, the daughter of Raleigh and Elizabeth (Staallee) Shaw.  She did not know her father.  She had one sister, Madelyn.  Vi and her sister grew up apart with two different aunts, her mother’s sisters.  Viola lived by Currie with her aunt.  She graduated from high school and was married on November 18, 1936 to Walter Frank.  The couple lived in Revere and New Ulm before settling in Rochester.  They worked for a T.V. and Radio store where Vi was a salesperson and Walter was a repairman.  Following Walter’s death in 1983 Viola remained living in Rochester.  On July 22, 2000 she married Robert “Robby” Schwint.  The couple lived in Tracy for four years and have lived in Springfield for the past six years.

Viola died on Thursday, June 24, 2010, at the St. John Lutheran Home in Springfield at the age of 92 years. 

She is survived by her husband – Robby Schwint of Springfield; step-sons – John “Jack” and wife Pam of Fridley and Jerry and wife Julie of Redwood Falls; a step – daughter – Jill and husband Kevin Munstertiger of Buffalo;  and two nieces and a nephew.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband – Walter in 1983; her sister Madelyn and a niece.