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Obituaries from the week of July 25, 2012

Edith Schmidt, 79

Edith Schmidt age 79, formerly of Tracy, MN, died Sunday, July 22, 2012 at the Good Samaritan Home in Waconia, MN surrounded by loving family.  Services will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 26, 2012 at Tracy Lutheran Church.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.  Interment will be in the Tracy City Cemetery, with a luncheon to follow in the church social hall.  The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy is handling the arrangements.

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Edith Louise Schmidt was born on May 28, 1933 to Theodore (Ted) and Clara (Rykhus) Anderson in Tracy, Minnesota.  She was baptized and confirmed at Tracy Lutheran Church.  She attended and graduated from Tracy Public Schools in 1951.

On July 9, 1951, Edith married Wm. Dale Klein at Tracy Lutheran Church and together they had four children.  They made their home in Tracy where Edith was employed as a pharmacy technician at John’s Drug.  On September 21, 1986, she married Loren Schmidt at Tracy Lutheran Church and they moved to Springfield, MN.  Edith played the organ for services in Springfield at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and St. John’s Nursing Home.  She also played organ for services in San Felipe, Mexico when at her vacation home over the winter.  She was a member of Tracy Lutheran Church while living in Tracy and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church when she moved to Springfield.

Edith enjoyed gardening, crocheting, sewing, reading, playing music, loved traveling to Mexico for the winters, and spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Edith is survived by her husband, Loren; four children, Debra (Duane) Helleson of Faribault, MN, Kathryn Klein of Savage, MN, Dale (Brenda) Klein of Paynesville, MN, and Ted (Leslie) Klein of St. Bonifacius, MN; seven grandchildren, Brent (Michaela) Ohlemann, Paige (Dan) Mullin, Kyle Ohlemann, Ryan Klein, Logan Klein, Evan Klein, and Chelsea Klein; 6 great-grandchildren; one brother, Donald Anderson of Cheney, WA; one sister, Carolyn (Don) Engelkes of Tracy; step-children, Kathy Fodness and step-granddaughter, Kelly of CO, Paul Schmidt of UT, and Gary (Jan) Schmidt of MD

Edith was preceded in death by her parents, brother Tom, and two infant grandchildren, Brandon and Justin.


Willis Scott, 101

Willis I. Scott age 101 of Tracy, MN died Sunday, July 15, 2012 at the Prairie View Healthcare Center in Tracy.  Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 28, 2012 at the Church of Christ in Tracy.  Visitation will be from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Friday, July 27, 2012 at the Almlie Funeral Home in Tracy, with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m..  Interment will be in the Tracy City Cemetery, with a luncheon served immediately following the burial in the church social hall.  The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy is handling the arrangements.  Online condolences may be placed at  

Willis “Bill” Irving Scott was born October 16, 1910 to Irving and Mary (Edwards) Scott in Amiret, MN, Lyon County.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith and attended country school.  As a young man he farmed with his family.

In the fall of 1929 Willis married Gladys Makovsky and they made their home on a farm north of Tracy, MN, until 1951 when they moved to Pine River, MN.  While in Pine River, Willis was a manager in the Durkee’s Manufacturing Plant.  He retired in the mid 1980’s and they continued to live in Pine River for several more years.  In 1990 they moved back to Tracy.

Willis was a member of the Church of Christ in Tracy his whole life as well as a past member of the Assembly of God Church in Pine River, MN.  He served on various committees and was very active in the church.  When living in Tracy he volunteered time at the Christian Manor Nursing Home in Tracy.  He enjoyed camping, deer hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, vegetable gardening, for which he always had a large garden, and making home-made ice cream with his grandchildren.

On December 14, 2006 Willis became a resident of the Prairie View Healthcare Center in Tracy, where he died Sunday, July 15, 2012 at the age of 101.

Willis is survived by his son, Dale (Doris) Scott of Tracy, MN; daughter-in-law, Dolly Scott of Tracy, MN; seven grandchildren, Debra Dale, David (Lori) Scott, Charles Scott, LeAnne (Jim) McMahon, Ronald (April) Scott, Christine (Kevin) Lanners, Susan (Bart) Meyer; twenty four great grandchildren; thirty two great-great grandchildren; one brother, Lester (Gladys) Scott of WA; nieces, nephews, and friends.

His wife, Gladys, his parents, son, Donald, grandson Robert, granddaughter, Loretta Utsler, one brother, Walter, and four sisters, Edna Gannot, Helen Parcels, Hazel Faundeen and Gladys Johnson preceded him in death.


Donald Taveirne, 81

Mass of Christian Burial for Donald Taveirne, age 81, of Tyler, Minnesota will be Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler.  Visitation is Wednesday from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. with a Rosary Service at 4:00 p.m. and a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m., all at St. Dionysius Catholic Church.  Interment will be at St. Dionysius Catholic Cemetery in Tyler.  

Donald Emil Taveirne was born April 2, 1931 to Albert and Emma (DeSmet) Taveirne in Grandview Township in Lyon County near Ghent, Minnesota. He was baptized, received first communion, and was confirmed at St. Eloi Catholic Church in Ghent. He attended country school District 12, winning the Lyon County Spelling Bee Championship in eighth grade. He worked on the farm helping his dad, and held various jobs, working at the Co-op filling station and at Middleton Furniture Store in Marshall, Minnesota. In 1951 he was drafted and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1953 and returned to Ghent to start farming with the help of neighbor Camill Noyes. On June 6, 1955 Don married Lorraine Marczak at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno, Minnesota. The couple was blessed with five children and 57 years of life together. They purchased their own farm near Russell, Minnesota in 1960 where they raised crops and fed many cattle. They built a new house in Tyler but continued to farm and feed cattle until 1996. After retiring he helped his sons on the farm until 2011 when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. That and other health problems led to his entering McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on June 27 of this year and then to the Hospice Room at Tyler Healthcare Center on July 19. There, on Sunday, July 22, 2012 Donald died at the age of 81 years, 3 months, and 20 days.

Don was a member of St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler, where he had served on the Cemetery Board. He was a member of A.C. Hansen American Legion Post #185 of Tyler. He enjoyed his life work of feeding cattle and farming with his two sons, and liked to watch polka dancing, play cards, garden, and grow trees. He especially enjoyed time spent with Lorraine, his children, and his grandchildren.

Don is lovingly remembered by his wife, Lorraine; his children, Greg (and Kathy) Taveirne of Russell, Minnesota, Kathy (and Doug) Schwantes of Ogilvie, Minnesota, Linda Jenniges of Marshall, Minnesota, Daniel (and Pat) Taveirne of Russell, Minnesota, and Danelle Taveirne (and Paul Bernardy) of Garvin, Minnesota; 17 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandson; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Lawrence, Louis, Edward, and Edmund Taveirne; and step-granddaughter Diana.

Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler is providing the arrangements.  On-line registry, condolences and tribute will be available at