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Obituaries from the week of October 30, 2013

Marjorie Bakken, 100


Marjorie Bakken age 100 of Walnut Grove passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at the Westbrook Good Samaritan Care Center while surrounded by her family.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 30 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, rural Walnut Grove.  Visitation will be 4:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Walnut Grove Funeral Home, and will continue one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the church.  Interment is in the church cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at  Stephens Funeral Service - Walnut Grove Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. 

Marjorie (Knudson) Bakken was born November 14, 1912 in Westbrook Township, Cottonwood County, Minnesota to Melvin and Amanda (Skow) Knudson.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith.  When Marjorie was 4 years old, her mother passed away and Marjorie and her brother Darrell went to live with their aunt and uncle, Emma and Albert Kleven. 

Marjorie married Kenneth Bakken, and she worked hard alongside him on the farm until they retired and moved into town in 1971.  Marjorie was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church where she was always very active.  She volunteered at the Wilder Museum and held a lifetime membership. She enjoyed quilting and playing cards at Mealsite and Country View.  Marjorie was a talented baker; she made countless batches of chocolate chip cookies, lefse, and chocolate doughnuts.  She will forever be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother.

Marjorie is survived by her children: Dennis (Evie) of Madison Lake, John (Sharon) of Walnut Grove, Judeen (Frank) Erickson of Westbrook, Marleen (Jim) Johnson of Northfield, and Ron (Roberta) of Walnut Grove; 12 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and 9 great-great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by her brothers: Lowell Knudson, Bruce (Maureen) Knudson, and Alvin (Dorothy) Kleven; sister-in-law Eleanor Bakken of Lamberton; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Kenneth, brothers: Kenneth, Darrell, and Elroy Knudson, and several in-laws.



Anna Mae Breczinski, 90


Mass of Christian Burial for Anna Mae Breczinski, 90, of Marshall, will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2013, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Marshall.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. with a CCW Rosary at 4:00 p.m. and a Parish Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. at Rehkamp – Horvath Funeral Home in Marshall.  Visitation will continue from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.  Interment will follow the service at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Marshall.

Anna Mae (Schons) Breczinski was born on February 27, 1923, in Amiret Township, the tenth of 12 children born to John and Elizabeth (Wester) Schons.  She attended country school and graduated from Tracy High School.  On November 9, 1946, Anna Mae was united in marriage to Andrew Breczinski at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy.  The couple lived south of Marshall, then in Marshall for a time before purchasing a farm in Sodus Township in 1961.  Anna Mae moved back to Marshall in February of 2012. Anna Mae and Andrew were members of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Marshall and Anna Mae was a member of the Council of Catholic Women.  She enjoyed embroidery, gardening, fishing, playing cards and dominoes and following the Minnesota Twins.  She enjoyed keeping busy and taking care of her house.   Anna Mae also enjoyed visiting and always had a hot meal available for family and friends.  She was most passionate about her family, especially her grandchildren.  Anna Mae died of heart failure on Sunday, October 27, 2013, at the Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center in Marshall.

Survivors include her children Allen (and Pat) Breczinski of Tracy, Dean (and Karen) Breczinski of Coeur d’ Alene, ID, Duane (and Jen) Breczinski of Marshall, Barbara (and Brad) Rau of Marshall, Mary (and Kevin) Gregoire of Marshall, Joan Breczinski and special friend Alan Peterson of Spicer, Janet (and Shannon) Christenson of Amiret, 17 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren, in-laws Mary Lou Schons, James Foley, Gordon (and Rachel) Breczinski, Julius (and Rose Marie) Breczinski and Loretta Breczinski, many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband  Andrew, six brothers, five sisters and many in-laws.