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Fran R. VanDeWiele

Posted January 10, 2018 at 9:54 pm

Fran R. VanDeWiele, age 64 of Garvin, passed away Monday, January 01, 2018 at his home.  Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 4, 2018 at Victory Christian Church in Balaton. Following the funeral service, at Fran’s request, his body will be donated to the University of Minnesota to promote medical education.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Murray County Hospice and Shetek Lutheran Ministries. Online condolences may be sent at

Fran R. VanDeWiele was born July 15, 1953 in Tracy, Minnesota to Ray and Bev (Lavicky) VanDeWiele.  He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Walnut Grove.  He graduated from Walnut Grove High School.  Fran went on to further his education at Worthington Community College

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    Gerald Lynn Parker

    A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, January 5, 2018, at Bethany Lutheran Church, Storden, MN at 11:00 a.m. for Gerald Lynn Parker, with Pastor Marcelle Jensen officiating. Honorary bearers are all of Gerald’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Burial will be at Bethany Lutheran Cemetery, Storden, MN at a later date.

    Gerald Lynn Parker was born on May 14, 1940, in Amo Township, Cottonwood County, Minnesota to the late Carol Calvin and Alice (Solomonson) Parker. He was baptized at

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    Russell Highby 

    Russell Highby, age 95 of Lamberton died Sunday, December 24, 2017, at Valley View Manor Care Center in Lamberton.
    Services were held at the Old Westbrook Lutheran Church on Friday at 10:30 am, with Pastor Michael Stangeland officiating.
    Interment will be at the Old Westbrook Lutheran Cemetery.
    On line condolences may be left for the family at

    Russell Wilfred Highby was born to Alfred and Marie (Warner) Highby on September 14, 1922, in Johnsonville Township, Redwood County. He was baptized and confirmed at

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    Nancy Carol Byers

    Nancy Carol Byers, age 78 of Westbrook, passed away Friday, December 22, 2017 at her home after a brief illness.  Funeral Services were held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 27 at Jeffers Baptist Church in Jeffers.  Interment was in the Westbrook Cemetery.  Online condolences may be sent at

    Nancy was born August 23, 1939 in Little Falls, MN to Arthur and Ruth (Anderson) Midgley.  She

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    Harold Eugene Cooper


    Harold Eugene Cooper

    Harold Eugene Cooper, age 95 of Rural Tracy, passed away Sunday, December 17, 2017 at Prairie View Healthcare Center in Tracy.  Services will be held at a later date.  Online condolences may be sent at  

    Harold Eugene Cooper was born November 28, 1922 to

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    Julius ‘Jule’ Frank, Jr.

    Service for Julius ‘Jule’ Frank, Jr. were held at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Lamberton, MN Friday, November 3, 2017. Interment was at the Lamberton Cemetery. Military Honors by Revere and Lamberton American Legions. On line condolences may be sent to

    Julius, 87, Lamberton, MN, died Monday, October 30, 2017, at Valley View Manor Care Center,Lamberton, MN.

    Julius ‘Jule’ Bernard Frank,

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    June Audrey (Zimmer) Tietz

    Funeral Services for June Audrey (Zimmer) Tietz were held November 3, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Walnut Grove, MN. Burial was in the Walnut Grove Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at

    June, 76 of Walnut Grove died Monday, October 30, 2017 at Valley View Manor, Lamberton, MN.

    June was born June 22, 1941 to Wilbert and Leona (Tordsen) Zimmer in

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    Lowell Curtis Knudson

    Lowell Curtis Knudson was born January 19, 1925 in Westbrook Township, Cottonwood County, Minnesota to Melvin and Martha Alma (Rachuy) Knudson. He was baptized March 8, 1925 and confirmed June 30, 1940 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Westbrook.

    Lowell graduated from Westbrook High School on about June 1, 1943 and entered the U.S. Navy on June 22, 1943, serving in WWII in Europe, including Salerno, Italy and Arzew, Algeria, and in the Pacific, including

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    Craig “Boone” Martin Olsem

    Funeral Services for Craig “Boone” Martin Olsem were held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Currie, MN October 28, 2017. Interment was at Westbrook Cemetery, Westbrook, MN. Send condolences to

    Boone, 35, died Monday, October 23, 2017 at the Westbrook Hospital.

    Craig Olsem was born on May 9, 1982 in Worthington, Minnesota to Leo and Joan Schreier Olsem. He grew

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    Caroline Christine Sondergaard

    Caroline Christine Sondergaard

    Funeral services for Caroline Sondergaard, were held October 23, 2017, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Westbrook, MN. Interment was at Pleasant View Cemetery, Dovray.

    Caroline, 97, Westbrook, MN died Friday, October 20, 2017, at Parkview Manor, Ellsworth, MN.

    Caroline Christine Sondergaard was born October 27, 1919,

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