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Obituaries from the week of Aug. 22, 2012

Mary Curtis, 98

Funeral Services for Mary Katheryn Curtis will be held at St. Ann’s Church in Slayton, MN on Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. James Seitz officiating.  Visitation will be on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at St. Ann’s Church in Slayton from 4-7 p.m. with a CDA rosary at 4:30 p.m. and a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will also be one hour prior to the services at the church on Thursday. 

The organist is Sharon Lais.  The song leader is Sheila Crowley with special music by Ruthanne LaQua.  The pallbearers are Greg Surprenant, Thomas Reiter, Shannon Tate, Scott Vandeputte, Jennifer Curtis, and Lucas Blesener.  Interment is at St. Ann’s Cemetery Slayton, MN.

Mary Curtis was born on June 26, 1914 on a farm near Slayton, Minnesota to Fred and Julia Boyle West.  She grew up on the family farm.  Mary graduated Salutatorian from Slayton High School in 1932.  Mary then attended normal teacher training in Slayton and taught country school for several years. 

On June 14, 1937 she and Glenn Curtis were married at St. Ann’s Church in Slayton.  Following their marriage they made their home in Slayton.  Mary returned to teaching for one year after her marriage.  In 1958 Mary started working as a clerk at Sacks’ grocery store in Slayton.  She later worked at Nordin’s Supervalu, which later became Jim’s Market.  Mary retired in 2004 at the age of 90. 

After a brief stay at the Murray County Medical Center, Mary moved to Our House Hospice Home in Slayton on August 15, 2012 and passed away there on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at the age of 98. 

She was a member of St. Ann’s Church were she was active in the W.C.C.W and with the Catholic Daughters of America.  Mary also was a member of Brookside Circle.  Mary enjoyed writing poetry, walking, traveling and nightly drives with Glenn.

Survivors include her husband of 75 years, Glenn Curtis of Slayton, MN, six children and their spouses, Mary Jo Surprenant of Mankato, MN, Colleen and Bob Reiter of Golden Valley, MN, Mike Curtis of Hampton, VA, Pat and Mark Donaldson of Knoxville, TN, Tom and Candy Curtis of Eden Valley, MN, and Kathleen and Charlie Blesener of Elk River, MN, 19 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren, two sisters and their spouses, Jerry and Ray Milewski of Minneapolis, MN, and Theresa and Ed Tomsche of Melrose, MN. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, son, Daniel Curtis, son-in-law, Ken Surprenant, five sisters, Carmel Brouillet, Alyce Miller, Pat Knuth, Betty West, and Joan Walters, and one brother, Joe West.

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Suzanne Hahn, 86

Suzanne M. Hahn, age 86, of Currie, MN passed away on Monday, August 13, 2012 as the result of an automobile accident in Murray County.  Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at the St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Walnut Grove, MN.  The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy is handled the arrangements for the family.  Online condolences may be placed at

Suzanne Mary Hahn was born on May 30, 1926 to Jules and Lydia (Samyn) Lauwers on the family farm in rural Marshall, MN, Lyon County.  She was baptized, received Holy Communion and was confirmed at the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Marshall, MN.  Suzanne attended country school and then Tracy High School, graduating in 1944.  After graduation, she went to the Minnesota School of Business in Minneapolis for two years, receiving her degree in office management. 

On January 29, 1955 Suzanne married George Hahn in St. Paul, MN.  They made their home on a farm south of Walnut Grove, MN.  Suzanne was a homemaker and helped on the farm most of her life. She continued to live on the farm to this day.  She was a founding charter member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Walnut Grove and was active with the Ladies Guild. 

Suzanne enjoyed gardening, polka music, reading and keeping up with current events, feeding birds, and loved her dogs, which were always Dachshunds.  She loved socializing with her family, friends and neighbors.

On Monday, August 13, 2012 Suzanne died as the result of an automobile accident in Murray County, MN at the age of 86 years old.

Suzanne is survived by her three children, Don Hahn of Currie, MN, Tom (Brenda Stynski) Hahn of Marshall, MN and Julie (Shawn Hofer) Hahn of Sioux Falls, SD; four grandchildren, Melissa, Donovan (Kristi), Jacqueline and Angela Hahn; two great grandchildren, Hayley and Bailey Hahn; one sister, Yvonne Christenson of Marshall, MN; nieces, cousins and a host of friends.

Her parents, Jules and Lydia, husband, George, son, Robert, brother-in-law, Joe Derynck, and daughter-in-law, Peggy preceded her in death.  Blessed be her memory.  


Dr. Odein Hyland, 84

Dr. Odein L. Hyland age 84 of Tracy, MN died Sunday, August 19, 2012 at the Prairie View Healthcare Center in Tracy.  A Memorial Service will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at the Tracy Lutheran Church.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.  Interment will be at a later date in the Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.  The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy is handling the arrangements.

Odein LeRoy Hyland was born on February 16, 1928 to Knute and Mary (Pechacek) Hyland in Claremont, MN.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith and attended Claremont High School, graduating in 1946.  He then attended Mankato  State Teachers College for two years and worked for the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad.  In August of 1950 Odein enlisted in the USAir Force and received his “wings” in 1952, when he was commissioned as a Second Lt..  His squadron was decommissioned, so he then was trained as an air traffic controller and stationed in the Pacific Northwest during the Korean War.

In 1953, Odein married his high school sweetheart, Marjorie Ann Krienke in Owatonna, MN.  In 1955 he received his honorable discharge and returned to Minnesota.  That same year Odein enrolled in the School of Dentistry at the University of Minnesota and received a Bachelor of Science degree.  They spent several years in a small town near Rochester, MN before moving to Tracy, MN in 1965 where he opened his Dental practice.   In 1993 Odein retired from his Dental practice.

He was a life-time member of the American Dental Association, and also a member of the National Rifle Association of America, the U of M Alumni Association, Tracy Sportsmen’s Club, Minnesota Waterfowl Association, Ducks Unlimited and the Tracy American Legion.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing and shooting trap.

In October of 2007 they moved into O’Brien Court and then became residents in 2009 at Prairie View Healthcare Center in Tracy, where he died August 19, 2012 at the age 84.

Odein is survived by his wife, Marge of Tracy, MN; two brothers, Glea (Delores) Hyland of Rockford, IL and Arlow Hyland of Rosamond, CA; one sister, Anna Nelson of Milaca, MN; one nephew, and friends.

His parents, Knute and Mary Hyland, two brothers and three sisters preceded him in death.

The family requests that memorials be given to the Tracy Lutheran Church Building Fund.