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Obituaries from the week of March 7, 2012

Timothy Hohler, 69

Timothy A. Hohler age 69 of Tracy, MN died Saturday, March 3, 2012 at his home in Tracy.  Services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 8, 2012 at the Almlie Funeral Home in Tracy.  Visitation will be from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at the Almlie Funeral Home, with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. and continuing one hour prior to the service on Thursday.  Interment will be in the Tracy City Cemetery, with a luncheon served in the Tracy Eagles Club immediately following the burial.  The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy is handling the arrangements.

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Timothy Anton Hohler was born June 25, 1942 to Herbert and Marie (Dilly) Hohler near Granite Falls, MN, Yellow Medicine County.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith.  As a young man his family moved to Tracy, MN and he attended Tracy Public Schools, graduating from Tracy High School in 1960.

On October 14, 1961 Tim married Kathy Campbell in Currie, MN.  They made their home in Tracy until 1968, when they moved to Delano, MN for five years, before returning to Tracy in 1973.  In the past, Tim worked for thirty five years, as a crane operator for Ed Kraemer & Sons of Minneapolis, MN and more recently he drove truck, for five years for Sweetman’s of Currie. 

Tim was a Charter member of the Tracy Eagles Club Aerie #3918 and was a member of the Local #49 Union.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, bird watching, and spending time with his family while cooking on his grill.  He will always be remembered for his good sense of humor and “talking smart” to keep you on your toes.

On Saturday, March 3, 2012 Tim died at his home in Tracy at the age of 69.

Tim is survived by his wife, Kathy Hohler of Tracy, MN; two sons, Tim (Shannon) Hohler of St. Cloud, MN and Curt Hohler of Tracy, MN; three daughters, Cindy (Roger) Ehret of McMinnville, OR, Tammy (Jon) Haecherl and Toni (Robb) Townsend, both of Tracy, MN; twelve grandchildren; three brothers, Gary (Diane) Hohler of Walnut Grove, MN, Randy (Sharon) Hohler of Tracy, MN and Robert (Carolyn) Hohler of Bellview, NE; one sister, Linda (Kelvin) Pope of Tracy, MN; his precious dog, Sarge; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a great many friends.

His parents, Herb and Marie and several Aunts and Uncles preceded him in death.


Mildred Jensen, 91

Funeral Services for Mildred Jensen will be at Slayton Presbyterian Church in Slayton, MN on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. S Lynne Matthews officiating.  The organist is Nola Aanenson with special music by Wendy Steffen and Robin Leonard.  The pallbearers are her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Interment is at Slayton Memorial gardens, Slayton, MN. 

Visitation will be on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at the Totzke Funeral Home in Slayton from 4-7 p.m. and also one hour prior to the services at the church on Friday. To send condolences visit

Mildred (Millie) Jensen was born on November 11, 1920 in Forbes, North Dakota to Ernest and Anna England Haberman.  In 1930 the family moved to a farm north of Ellendale, ND and Millie graduated from Northern Industrial School in 1936.  When Millie was sixteen, she traveled to Currie, MN to help care for her sister, Frances baby.  While there she met Alden Jensen while roller-skating at Teepeota.  They were married on November 23, 1938 in Balaton, MN.  Following their marriage they farmed northeast of Currie with Alden’s parents, Jens and Anna Jensen.  As a wedding gift, the couple received a hen and a gobbler from Millie’s parents that later turned into a 4000 head turkey farm.  Millie also helped with the Jensen Dairy, delivering milk around Currie until 1941.  She and Alden continued to farm and raise six children until retiring from farming and moving to Currie in 1965.  Millie worked at Ma Pa Loma Café in Currie until 1968 when she started driving school bus and cooking for the Tracy Public School.  She also worked at the Lake Shetek State Park during the summer months.  On October 27, 1978 Alden passed away.  Millie retired in 1993 but remained active in the community.  In 2006 she moved to O’Brien Court in Tracy.  In 2009 Millie became a resident of Prairie View Nursing Home in Tracy and passed away there on Sunday, March 4, 2012 at the age of 91.  She was a member of the Currie Presbyterian Church in Currie and served as elder from 1966-2006.  She was a member of the Presbytery and was selected to attend the National convention in Purdue, IN.  Millie enjoyed attending circle and Bible studies.  She was also a member of the Currie American Legion Auxiliary.  Millie was active in the Retired Senior’s Volunteer Program, volunteering her time at the Bloodmobile and Relay for Life fundraisers.  Millie also delivered Meals on Wheels and worked at the End of the Line Park and Museum.  Two of Millie’s favorite past times were bowling and playing cards, especially 500. She also enjoyed sewing, gardening, canning, painting ceramics, refinishing furniture and traveling.  Millie had a generous spirit and was always willing to lend a hand to family and friends. 

Survivors include her six children and their spouses; Wayne and Dorothy Jensen of Currie, MN, Glen and Jane Jensen of Chanhassen, MN, Leland and Sue Jensen of Catonsville, MD, Sharrel and Mic Sellner of Minneapolis, MN, Bruce Jensen of Bloomington, MN, and Pamela and Paul Gervais of Tracy, MN, 11 grandchildren, Douglas and Kim Jensen, Kathy and Randy Felch, Nicholas and Victoria Jensen, Jessica Jensen and Michelle Hummer, Jeffrey and Shelley Jensen, Jacey Fancher, Gina and Bill Runck, Carley and Kyle Benjamin, Sarah Gervais and Tom Tiegs, Benjamin and Brady Gervais, and Jacob Gervais and Emma Clifford, 10 great-grandchildren, Brandon and Kayla Jensen, Mitchell Jensen, Kailey Felch, Carter Jensen, Averey Jensen, Scotlind Fancher, Anna Runck, Oliver Benjamin, Philip Benjamin, and Samantha Benjamin and one sister-in-law, Betty Haberman of Ellendale, ND and many nieces and nephews.   

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Alden Jensen, nine brothers and sisters, Myrtle  (John) Wetzler, Esther (Howard) Anderson, Gladys (Roy) Hanson, Edwin (Maie) Haberman, Frances (Irven) Gesme, Lawrence (Gladys) Haberman, Harold (Nancy) Haberman, Howard (Doris) Haberman, and Ernest (Junior) Haberman.


Carlyle Jokstad, 62

Carlyle B. Jokstad age 62 of Tracy, MN died Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at his home in Tracy.  Services were held Saturday, February 25, 2012 at the Almlie Funeral Home in Tracy.    Interment will be at a later date.  The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy handled the arrangements. Online condolences may be placed at

Carlyle Brent Jokstad was born October 22, 1949 to Calvin and Hazel (Van Klei) Jokstad in Springfield, MN, Brown County.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith.  He grew up on a farm near Revere, MN and moved with his family to Marshall, MN, where he attended Marshall Public Schools, graduating Marshall High School. 

Carlyle then attended SWSU in Marshall for two years before entering into the U.S. Navy on January 13, 1969.  He served on River Patrol Boats in Vietnam from 1969 until 1970 and then returned to the United States, where he served the rest of his service time.  He received his honorable discharge on January 8, 1972.

After his military service, he made his home in Chula Vista, CA for several years, before returning to live in the Tracy, MN area. Over the years Carlyle worked as a welder for Coleman Industries in Springfield and he also worked for Marshall Truss.  He was a member of the Tracy American Legion and enjoyed making furniture in his spare time.  He also attended the Baptist Bible Church in Walnut Grove, MN. 

On Tuesday, February 21, 2012 Carlyle died at his home in Tracy at the age of 62.

Carlyle is survived by his father, Calvin (DeVon) Jokstad of Fargo, ND; his mother, Hazel (C.J.) Molitor of Lynd, MN; two brothers, Carlton (Cheryl) Jokstad and Carl Jokstad, both of Tracy, MN; two sisters, Kimberlee (Jason) Winters of Mason City, IA and Kellee (Michael) Vivens of San Antonio, TX; nieces, nephews and friends.

His grandparents preceded him in death.


Lavonne Prins, 84

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 3, 2012 for Lavonne Prins, age 84, of Lamberton at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Lamberton, MN.

LaVonne “Bonnie” Darlene Prins was born on August 29, 1927 in Remson, IA, the daughter of George and Anna (Raveling) Johnson.  She attended elementary school in Iowa until the family moved to the farm in Lamberton in 1936, where she attended country school.  Bonnie was united in marriage on December 14, 1945 to Clyde Prins.  The couple lived in Lamberton until 1959 when they moved to Tracy and raised their family.  Bonnie worked at Bill’s Fareway and later Ken’s Super Valu until she retired.  Bonnie was locally “famous” for her potato salad that was sold at the meat counter at Ken’s.  The couple moved back to Lamberton in 2001.  She enjoyed gardening, baking pies, and making other favorite foods for the family.  Bonnie also enjoyed needlework, puzzles, games, and especially, spending time with her family.

Lavonne died on Monday, February 27, 2012, at Seasons in Redwood Falls.

She is survived by her husband – Clyde of Lamberton; children – Ric (Mary) Prins of Apache Junction, AZ; Deb (Bryce) Pack of Lamberton, MN and Julie (Al) Buyck of Algona, IA; seven grandchildren – Chris (Linda) Pack of Hayfield, MN, Nicholas Pack of Glenwood City, WI, Amy (Noel) McLaughlin of Algona, IA, Casey (Monica) Pack of Maple Lake, MN, Derek (Amber) Buyck of West Des Moines, IA, Colby (Sarah) Pack of Tracy, MN, and Joshua Buyck of West Des Moines, IA; eight great grandchildren; a brother – Elmer Johnson of Lamberton, MN and a sister – Juanita Pankonin of Stockton, CA. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers – John, Jacob, and Raymond Johnson; a sister – Lorraine Martius and an infant grandson – Mychal Pack.