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Obituaries from the week of Aug. 11, 2010

Valberg S. "Wallie" Hager, 94

Valberg S. “Wallie” Hager was born June 17, 1914 in Willow Lake Township, MN; died July 25, 2010 in Seattle, WA.

A Funeral Service will be held on Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Dovray.  Remembrances may be made to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Dovray or Friends of Willow Lake.

Loving mother of Rosemary (Skip), Barbara (Rick), and Carmen (Fred); and grandmother to Britte, Eric, Matt, Andrew, Hans (Yesenia), Alec, and Emily.  Preceded in death in 1973, by Clifford Hager, her loving husband of 32 years.  They had farmed all of those years near Dovray, MN.

After Clifford’s death, Wallie moved to Dovray where she resided until 1999.  She remained active with her church and her many friends, and continued her job as assistant postmaster of Dovray.

After a brief period of living at O’Brien Court in Tracy, in 2000 she moved to Seattle to be close to her family.  She lived with Rosie and Skip for 3 years and then moved to an adult family home near her children.

The staff there lovingly cared for her for well over 6 years.

Wallie was preceded in death by her husband, parents and siblings, and is survived by her children and grandchildren.



Julie Jones, 49

Julie Marie (Kirk) Jones was born to Raymond and Jane (VanWinkle) Kirk on February 21, 1961 in Tyler, Minnesota. She was baptized and later confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Balaton, Minnesota. She was raised on a farm in Lyon County, attended Balaton Elementary School and graduated from Balaton High School in 1979. Julie attended Granite Falls AVTI and graduated in 1980. On May 16, 1981, Julie married Cary Jones at Trinity Lutheran Church. The couple lived in Marshall, Minnesota for two years before moving into their current farm home in rural Balaton.

  In their 28 years of marriage, they were blessed with three children and two grandchildren. Julie worked at Schwan’s Food Company for 27 years and at Shopko for two years. After being diagnosed with late-stage cancer, Julie continued to have a zest for life and fought courageously until her last breath to beat the disease. She inspired everyone around her with her optimism and bravery. But Julie lost her earthly battle for life and passed away peacefully with her loving husband at her side on Saturday, August 7, 2010, at home at the age of 49 years, five months and 17 days. While cancer won the battle with her body, Julie’s spirit remains alive.

Julie enjoyed spending time with family and friends, playing games and cards, and supporting her children and family in sporting events. She took great joy in horseback riding, volleyball, basketball and softball in her earlier years. She loved volleyball and the Minnesota Vikings football team, proudly wearing the purple and yellow for every game. Julie was often quiet, but she rarely missed an opportunity to add a wise crack when you least expected it. She loved Christmas time and especially her annual Christmas shopping trip as well as her Autumn craft fair. She was hands-down the best bargain shopper around. Being at the lake cabin was one of her favorite places and she loved boating. Julie was also first in line at Valleyfair and would be on the rides until the park closed. She was an amazing baker and was generous with her goodies. Julie also collected village houses, Merry Moos and porcelain dolls. She served on the Trinity Lutheran Church council for two terms and was active in her church circle.

Julie is lovingly remembered by her husband Cary Jones of Balaton, MN; three children: Matthew (and Missy) Jones of Tracy, MN, Nathan (and Monica Pina) of Breckenridge, TX, and Shelbie Jones of Balaton, MN; brothers: Doug (and Jill) Kirk of Breckenridge, TX, and Dan “Hondo” (and Pam) Kirk of Balaton, MN; sisters: Deb (and Darwin) Saxton of Tracy, MN and Jenny (and Bernie Przymus) of Balaton, MN; father Raymond Kirk of Balaton, MN; father-in-law Glenn Jones of Marshall, MN; brother-in-law Brian (and Susan) Jones of Marshall, MN; sister-in-law Brenda (and Bob) Prellwitz of Minneota, MN; grandchildren: Emily Jones of Breckenridge, TX and Zachary Jones of Tracy, MN; many aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

Her mother Jane, infant sister Brenda and mother-in-law Irene Jones preceded her in death.



Elmer Weedman, 93

Elmer Weedman, age 93 of Tracy, MN died Monday, August 9, 2010 at the Prairie View Healthcare Center in Tracy. 

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 13, 2010 at Tracy United Methodist Church.  Visitation will from 4 until 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 12, 2010 at the Almlie Funeral Home in Tracy, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. and continuing one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.  Interment will be following the luncheon in the Walnut Grove City Cemetery in Walnut Grove, MN. 

The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy is handling the arrangements. 

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