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Obituaries from the week of Sept. 29, 2010

Adeline DeMorrett, 74

Adeline F. DeMorrett, age 74, St. Cloud, MN, died Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at Quiet Oaks Hospice House, St. Augusta, MN.

Funeral services were held Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 11:00 AM at Benson Funeral Home Chapel, St. Cloud, MN.  Burial was in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls, MN.

Adeline was born on May 10, 1936 in Tracy, MN to Leo and Ceceilia (Logue) Welsh.  She married Lawrence DeMorrett on August 25, 1956 in Tracy, MN.  Adeline worked as a bookkeeper for Ford Motor Company, Sandstone, MN. She then was a nanny for Brian and Adam Fanslau.  Adeline then worked at the Clearwater Travel Plaza, where she was know as, “The Apple Lady”.

Survivors include her husband, Lawrence DeMorrett of St. Cloud, MN; daughters, Patrice DeMorrett of Sandstone, MN; Lisa Hickman of St. Cloud, MN; brothers, Daniel B. Welsh of Roseville, MN; James Welsh of St. Louis Park, MN; and four grandchildren, Justin DeMorrett and Carrie Casey of Sartell, MN; Matthew Hickman, Nicholas Hickman, and Katie Hickman all of St. Cloud, MN; sister-in-law, Martha Lee of Litchfield, MN; and several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her parents and several brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws.


Wilma Manken 89

Wilma M. Molle Manken, 89 of Worthington, MN was born September 3, 1921 at Garvin, MN the daughter of Wm. G. Molle and Clara A. Pihl Molle.  Wilma attended grade school in Garvin and graduated high school at Tracy, MN.

As a young woman she was a cook at the Tracy Hospital until her marriage.  On December 16, 1943 Wilma was married to Norman F. Manken in Tracy.  Together Norman and Wilma owned and operated Manken Appliance until their retirement.

Wilma enjoyed gardening, sewing and quilting.  

Wilma passed away on Monday, Sept. 6, 2010 at the home of her daughter and son-in-law in Wyoming, MN.

Wilma is survived by three daughters, Clara Graham of Littleton, CO, Nancy (Gene) Boyer of Wyoming, MN and Mary Manken of Colorado Springs, CO; one son  Norman Jr. (Vicki) Manken of Ogden, IA; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Vera Wendorff, Tracy, MN, Althea (Wm.) Kennedy and Ruth (Larry) Karlson both of Spokane, WA., numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

Her husband, her parents and three granddaughters preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held September 11, 2010 at St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Worthington, where she had been a member for 65 years.  Pastor Tom Braun officiated.  Wilma’s grandchildren served as casket bearers:  Paula Nes Smith, Rachelle Scharping, Gene Boyer, Jr., Keri Olson, Sara Schmidt, Jeni Peterson, Lisa Boyer, Lauren Manken-Taylor, Norman Manken, III, Heather Manken, Jeremiah Menken, Jacob Manken and Heidi Manken.

Burial at Hersey Cemetery near Brewster, MN.


Emma Reiter, 93

Mass of Christian Burial was held for Emma Reiter, age 93, at St. Ann’s Church in Slayton, MN on Saturday, September 25, 2010.  Fr. James Von Tobel officiated.  The organist was Judy Andrews.  The song leader was Ruth Ann Laqua.  The pallbearers were Dean Peterson, Mike Peterson, Tom Reiter, Russell Reiter, Mitchell Morgan, Andrew Johnson, and Casey Johnson.  Interment was at Calvary Cemetery Currie, MN. 

Emma Reiter was born on February 19, 1917 in Atkinson, Illinois to Cesar and Gabriella Landuyt DeBlieck.  She grew up on the family farm and attended country school. 

On April 11, 1939 she and Philip Reiter were married at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Currie, MN.  Following their marriage they farmed and raised their family near Currie.  Philip passed away on February 2, 1974.  Emma then moved to Slayton and worked at various businesses in Slayton. 

In 2006 Emma moved to Prior Lake, MN to be near family.  Due to failing health Emma moved to Belle Plaine Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine, MN and passed away peacefully there on Monday, September 20, 2010 at the age of 93.  She was a member of St. Ann’s Church in Slayton and also was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America.    Those who knew her will never forget her sense of humor, quick wit and twinkling eye.

She is survived and will be forever missed by her five children, Robert Reiter and Colleen of Golden Valley, MN, Beverly Peterson of Prior Lake, MN, Roger Reiter and Lavonne of Prior Lake, MN, Brenda Haugen and Paul of Moorepark, CA, Bernice Johnson, and Craig of Prior Lake, MN, 13 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, one sister, Doris Vallis of Reno, NV, and a host of family and friends. 

Emma is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Philip, one son-in-law, Ronald Peterson, two brothers, Robert and Ralph DeBlieck, and one sister, Clara Strickenberger.