Obituaries from the week of July 24, 2013
Valorie Andree, 60
Virginia Foley, 87
Alice Hanson, 76
George Nyquist, 77
Wilbur Oberg, 84
Valorie J. Andree age 60 of Tracy, MN died Thursday, July 18, 2013 at her home in Tracy. Services were held at 2:00 PM Monday, July 22, 2013 at Tracy Lutheran Church. Interment was in the Tracy City Cemetery. The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy is handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be placed at www.almliefh.com
Valorie Jean Andree was born February 14, 1953 to Richard C. and Evelyn (Engel) Husby in Canby, MN, Yellow Medicine County. She was baptized on March of 1953 and Confirmed at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Canby. Valorie attended Canby Public Schools and graduated from Canby High School in 1971. After high school she then attended Canby Vocational School and graduated with a degree in Dental Assistance in May of 1972.
On September 1, 1973 Valorie married Michael Andree at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Canby and they made their home in Madison, MN. She began her career with the dental office of Dr. Roger Ostroot, then Dr. Bill Gualtieri and finished her career at the Dental Health Center in Tracy, MN.
Her family, church and community were very important to Valorie. She was a current member of Tracy Lutheran Church and over the past forty years served her churches in many capacities, from serving on Church council, call committee, building committee, and participating in Circle, women’s club, and serving as Sunday School teacher. Valorie was also a Den Mother for Cub Scouts and loved spending time with her three sons and their families. Her interests included reading, scrapbooking, crocheting, cooking and caring for her family.
Recently her health required her to be a patient of the Murray County Hopsice and on Thursday, July 18, 2013 she died, surrounded by her loving family, at her home in Tracy at the age of 60.
Valorie is survived by her husband Mike Andree of Tracy, MN; three sons, Eric (Gwen) Andree of Tracy, MN, Kelly (Tina) Andree and Mark (Melissa) Andree, both of Sioux Falls, SD; six grandchildren, Kristen, Brittany, Allison, Abigail, Connor and Grayson; her mother, Evelyn Husby of Canby, MN; two brothers, Mike (Barb) Husby of Westland, MI and Chris (Lori) Husby of Canby, MN; three sisters-in-law, Jeanette (Everette) Johnson of Stillwater, OK, Karen (Warren) Broughton of Northfield, MN and Patricia (Glen) Parsons of Albert Lea, MN; many nieces, nephews and friends.
Her father, Richard Husby, father-in-law, Marvin Andree, mother-in-law Ruby Andree, sister-in-law, Joan (Craig) Krosch preceded her in death.
Virginia C. Foley age 87 of Tracy, MN, formerly of Slayton, MN, died Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at the Sanford-Tracy Medical Center. Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 22, 2013 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy. Interment was in the Calvary Cemetery in Tracy, followed by a luncheon served in the church social hall. The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy handled the arrangements. Online condolences may be placed at www.almliefh.com
Virginia Clara Foley was born April 6, 1926 to John and Elizabeth (Wester) Schons in Tracy, MN, Lyon County. She was baptized and confirmed in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy. She grew up on a farm near Amiret, MN and attended Country School District #36 before attending Tracy Public Schools, Graduating from Tracy High School in 1943. As a young woman she worked in the high school office.
On January 22, 1945 Virginia married Jim Foley at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and they made their home on farms in the Tracy, Currie and Dovray areas, before moving to a farm near Slayton, MN in 1963. They later moved into Slayton and then to Tracy, MN in 2010. Virginia will be lovingly remembered by her family as a wonderful housewife, mother and grandmother.
Both her church and her community were important to her. She was a current member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy and a past member of St. Ann’s in Slayton, where she served as communion minister for twenty years, and was a member of the Catholic Church Women. In the community she served on the Slayton Library board and the Prairie View board. She and her husband also helped with setting up many auction sales.
She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, dancing, baking fresh bread for her family, especially answering K-Joe trivia on the morning program, discussing politics, music and singing. Also, she enjoyed going to rummage sales looking for antiques and collectables and reselling them. However, her greatest love was spending time with her children and their families.
On Tuesday, July 16, 2013 Virginia died, surrounded by her loving family, at Sanford-Tracy Medical Center at the age of 87.
Virginia is survived by her husband of sixty eight years, Jim Foley of Tracy, MN; two sons, Mike (Jannie) Foley of Springdale, AR and Jerry (Kate) Foley of Nisswa, MN; six daughters, Jeanine (Jim) Vandendriessche of Tracy, MN, Peggy (John) Hubley of Jeffers, MN, Ann (Carlos) Cortez of Bulverde, TX, Joan (Jackie) Wright of Cave Springs, AR, Katie Sunsdahl of Champlin, MN and Patrice (Chad) Platt of Avoca, MN; nineteen grandchildren; thirty great grandchildren; one sister, Anna Mae Breczinski of Marshall, MN; three sisters-in-law, Terry Foley of Minneapolis, MN, Mary Lou Schons of Worthington, MN and Phyllis Tanghe of Marshall, MN; many nieces, nephews and friends.
Her parents, John and Elizabeth Schons, one infant daughter, Barbara, two infant grandchildren, four sisters, Evelyn Kosse, Agnes Darger, Edith Foley, and Bertha Paradis, six brothers, Leo, Paul, Johnny, Lawrence, Herb and Irvin Schons preceded her in death.
The family requests that memorials be given to either, Tracy Library, Tracy Tornado Tree Memorial or St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Alice L. Hanson age 76 of Walnut Grove passed away Wednesday, July 17, 2013 with her daughter at her side at Seasons Hospice House in Redwood Falls. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, July 22 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Walnut Grove. Burial will be at a later date in Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service - Walnut Grove Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Alice L. Hanson was born September 13, 1936 in Lyon County to Maurice C. and Irene C. (Mortier) Maeyaert. She graduated from Tracy High School in 1954. She then moved to Walnut Grove where she met Clair J. Hanson. They were married on February 2, 1959. Alice enjoyed quilting; she made a quilt for each of her grandchildren as they graduated from high school. She also enjoyed painting ceramics, and collecting dolls, angels, and salt & pepper shakers. She spent time doing crossword puzzles and loved watching tennis and the Minnesota Twins. Alice loved hearing about her grandkids’ activities, and was always interested in what everyone was doing. Alice was a quiet, gentle, and caring person.
Alice is survived by her husband Clair of Walnut Grove; children: Joseph Hanson of Walnut Grove, Julie (Ray) Jenniges of Ellsworth, Karla (Steve) Hay of Walnut Grove, Steven (Dawn) Hanson of Walnut Grove, James (Gail) Hanson of Redwood Falls, and Wayne (Michelle) Hanson of Willmar; grandchildren: Danielle (Alan) Onken, Adam and Zachary Jenniges, Tristan (Patricia) Hay, Ashley (Brandon) Clarke, Samantha Hay, Nicole Strong, and Shawn, Stacy, Austyn, Garett, Courtney, Cassidy, and Kendall Hanson; and great grandchildren Jacob, Hayley, and Allison Clarke. She is also survived by her siblings: Raymond (Beatrice) Maeyaert of Walnut Grove, Edward (Sandi) Maeyaert of Lengby, MN, and Theresa Hochstatter of Rush City, MN.
She is preceded in death by her parents, brother Robert, sisters Helen Maeyaert and Mary Nuytten, and brother-in-law Harry Nuytten.
George Nyquist age 77 of Tracy, MN died Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at his home in Tracy. Service were held at11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 20, 2013 at Tracy Lutheran Church. Interment was in the Bethany Cemetery, near Vahalla on Lake Shetek. The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy handled the arrangements. Online condolences may be placed at www.almliefh.com
George Andrew Ivan Nyquist was born February 9, 1936 to Otto and Annie (Mold) Nyquist Sr. on a farm in Monroe Township, Lyon County. An 11 lb. baby, he was delivered by his father, during a blizzard that prevented Dr. Workman from making it to the family farm. George was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and attended Country School District #88 until the 8th grade, then attended Tracy High School, graduating in 1954. As a young man he then worked with his father on the farm.
On August 8, 1971 George married Sandra Madsen at Tracy Lutheran Church and they made their home on a farm in Shetek Township, where he farmed until his retirement in 2013. He was a “master of all trades” on the farm and enjoyed raising cattle and hogs, and working on old John Deere tractors, always trying to improve on what he had to work with. He was an avid reader of history and Sci-Fi books, and enjoyed meeting new people, talking with them and learning about their lives. To George, family was most important and he strived to keep everyone connected to each other, through letter writing and phone calls.
George was a member of the Tracy Lutheran Church and was active in working with the youth in the church serving the Lenten meals, and was known as the “jello man”, for his making the jello salads for all the church functions. He also helped out at the senior center in Tracy, cooking Lutefisk for their fundraiser for several years.
As George’s health failed he became a patient of Hospice of Murray County in recent weeks. He died Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at his home, surrounded by his loving family, at the age of 77.
George is survived by his wife, Sandra Nyquist of Tracy, MN; one daughter, June (John) Rezac of Waterville, MN; two sons, Daniel Nyquist and Carl (Soni) Nyquist, both of Tracy, MN; four grandchildren, Andrew, Cassandra, Samuel and Isabelle; two brothers, Otto (Elaine) Nyquist Jr. of Amiret, MN and Laurence (Connie) Nyquist of Houston, TX; nieces, nephews and friends.
His parents, Otto Sr. and Annie Nyquist, his grandparents, and several other family members preceded him in death.
Wilbur A. Oberg age 84 of Walnut Grove passed away suddenly Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at Sanford Tracy Medical Center. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 20 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove. Burial was in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service - Walnut Grove Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Wilbur Arthur Oberg was born February 18, 1929 in Shelburne Township, Lyon County, Minnesota to Arthur and Emma (Stuck) Oberg. He was baptized at Sillerud Lutheran Church, rural Balaton and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove. Wilbur attended country school District 68 near Florence through the 3rd grade. The family moved to Walnut Grove in 1938. Wilbur attended country school District 116 through 8th grade and graduated from Walnut Grove High School in 1947. On October 16, 1950 Wilbur joined the US Navy and was stationed at Subic Bay, Philippines. He was honorably discharged in 1954. Wilbur was a member of the Walnut Grove Lions Club and Trinity Lutheran Church where he served on various church boards and as head usher. He was very active with the Wilder Museum working with his special friends Amy Ankrum and Nicole Elzenga. Wilbur was Commander of the Alfred Nelson Legion Post 267 and served on the board of Crippled Children of Worthington.
Wilbur is survived by his siblings: Marvin (Marge) of Milroy, David (Jean) of Littleton, CO, and Diane (Vern) Krentz of Hutchinson; four nieces; and three nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brother Vernon.