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Obituaries from the week of July 7, 2010

Frank Lessman, 87

Frank E. Lessman age 87 of Tracy, MN died Saturday, July 3, 2010 at the Prairie View Healthcare Center in Tracy.  Services will be 2 p.m.  today, Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at Tracy Lutheran Church.   

Frank Eugene Lessman was born August 13, 1922 to John and Josie (Knott) Lessman on a farm in Amiret Township, Lyon County, MN.  He was raised on a farm north of Tracy, MN and attended country school.  As a young man he worked for area farmers as a laborer, until he joined the U.S. Army in 1945.  During his time in the service he served in Korea and after his honorable discharge, returned to Tracy and went to work for Herb Dove on the farm he later purchased.

On November 3, 1950 Frank married Elverta M. Triplett in the Congregational Church in Cambria, MN.  They made their home on the farm north of Tracy until 2003 when he moved into O’Brien Court in Tracy. 

In 1954 Frank was baptized and became a member of the Tracy Lutheran Church.  He was also a member of the Tracy American Legion and Tracy VFW.  Frank loved to work in his woodshop, making toys and model tractors. 

In August of 2009 Frank became a resident of Prairie View Healthcare Center in Tracy, where he died July 3, 2010 at the age of 87.

Frank is survived by his one daughter, Jackie (Chuck) Bartels of Minnetonka, MN; two sons, Jon (Deb) Lessman of Clear Lake, SD and Randy (Patty) Lessman of Tracy, MN; eight grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; two sisters, Edith Lessman of Sioux Falls, SD and Luella Lof of Park Rapids, MN; two brothers, Richard Lessman of Prescott Valley, AZ and William (Grace) Lessman of Laporte, MN; three sisters-in-law, Edna Lessman of Lamberton, MN, Elaine Lessman of Walnut Grove, MN and Doris Lessman of Tracy, MN; nieces, nephews and friends.

His wife, Elverta, his parents, one sister, three brothers, one sister-in-law and one brother-in-law preceded him in death.

Interment will be at the Bethel Cemetery, rural Garvin, MN.  The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy is handling the arrangements.

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Lucille Mickelson, 57

Lucille “Ceil” Mickelson, 57, of Rosemount,  passed away in her home Monday, July 5, 2010. 

 She was born April 28, 1953 in Tracy, Minnesota to Harold and Marcella (nee Ramert) Ruppert.  She married Gary Mickelson on June 12, 1976 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Currie, Minnesota. 

Lucille is survived by her husband Gary, daughters Kristin (Andrew) Davis and Sarah Mickelson, grandson Kashtin Davis, siblings Diane Ruppert, Gary (Jackie) Ruppert, Dan (Sherry) Ruppert, Mary (Chuck) Ullery, Carol (Pat) Ford, Kathy (Jesse) Logero, Louise (John) Shand, Jan (Steve) Mara, sister-in-law Steph Ruppert, and several nieces and nephews.

Lucille was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Doug Ruppert. 

Lucille lived out her passion for animals as a Veterinary technician for the Cedar View Animal Hospital in Apple Valley for over 34 years. She also loved taking walks, crafts, gardening, and spending time with her six sisters. She especially loved her grandson Kash.

Mass of the Resurrection is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, July 9 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 13900 Biscayne Avenue, Rosemount. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Thursday, July 8 at the Henry W. Anderson Mortuary, 14850 Garrett Avenue, Apple Valley and Friday one hour prior to Mass time at the church.

Inurnment  is in St. Joseph  Cemetery.  Memorials requested to the Minnesota Valley Humane Society.