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Obituaries from the week of November 25, 2015

Anthony Cichanski, 70


Anthony Aloysious Cichanski, 70, of St. Paul, formerly of Tracy, died Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at Bethel Care Center in St. Paul. Tony will be laid to rest with his parents at Calvary Cemetery in Tracy.

Arrangements with the Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn, Red Wing. 


Ruth Helgemo, 93 


Ruth M. Helgemo age 93 of Tracy, MN died Thursday, November 19, 2015 at the Prairie View Senior Living Care Center in Tracy.  Services will be 11:00 AM Saturday, November 28, 2015 at Tracy Lutheran Church.  Visitation will be from 5:00 until 7:00 PM, with a prayer service at 7:00PM, on Friday, November 27, 2015 at the Almlie-Horvath Funeral Home in Tracy.   Interment will be in the Tracy City Cemetery, with a luncheon served in the church social hall immediately following the burial.  The Almlie-Horvath Funeral Home of Tracy is handling the arrangements.

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Ruth Helgemo was born in Tracy, MN, on May 28, 1922, to Rollo and Martha Brown.  Ruth graduated from Tracy High School where she was active in band and enjoyed horseback riding, sewing, ice-skating and being with friends.  After graduation, Ruth worked at Reed Johnson’s Grocery Store where she met Chester Helgemo.  They were married in 1942 in Camp Polk, LA, where Chet was stationed before going overseas.  They were blessed with three sons, Alan, Gary and Lonnie.  The family fished, camped, built a new home and participated in Boy Scouts and sports. 

After Chet died in 1959, Ruth raised her three young sons, learned how to drive and started a 25-year career at Tracy Elementary School, retiring in 1985.  She remained active throughout her life with gardening, card club, golfing, stamp and cruet collecting.  She was a member of the Tracy Lutheran Church, American Legion and VFW.  Ruth enjoyed many years of companionship with her friend, Jim “Dutch” Tofting.  They enjoyed traveling, casino visits and fishing at their northern Minnesota lake place.  The family is greatly appreciative of the friendship of Linda Shaw who helped Ruth transition through the many phases of aging.

Ruth spent her final nine years at O’Brien Court and Prairie View Senior Living where she was well cared for and enjoyed the activities and sweet treats.  She also received excellent care from Compassionate Care Hospice, Shetek Home Care Services, Sanford Tracy Medical Center and Tracy Lutheran Church.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and her husband, Chet.  

She is survived by her three sons: Alan (Janet) from Golden Valley, MN, Lonnie (Judy) from New Brighton, MN, and Gary (Rise) from Cicero, IN, six grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Memorials preferred to Tracy Lutheran Church.


Richard Wakefield, 86


Richard Wakefield age 86 of Tracy, MN died Thursday, November 19, 2015 at his home in Tracy.  Services were held at  11:00 a.m. Monday, November 23, 2015 at the Almlie-Horvath Funeral Home in Tracy.  Interment was in the Tracy City Cemetery, with a luncheon served immediately afterwards in the community room at Twin Circle Apartments in Tracy.  The Almlie-Horvath Funeral Home of Tracy is handling the arrangements.

Richard Valentine Wakefield was born to Arthur and Alice (Bartlow) Wakefield on August 29, 1929, on the farm 7 ½ miles North of Tracy.  He attended country school through the 8th grade.  He was united in marriage to Lorraine Willard on April 2, 1948.  They lived and farmed in the Amiret area until they retired and moved into Tracy in February of 2010.  They raised seven children.  He loved raising and working with his horses.  He enjoyed going to the horse shows during the summer with his family and hitching up the Belgians and going for sleigh rides in the winter time.  Richard enjoyed hunting, reading and feeding the birds.  He loved spending time with his family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Richard is survived by his son Laurance (Margaret) of Vero Beach, FL, daughter Linda (Galen) of Minneota, son Leslie (Linda) of Tracy, daughter Cheryl (Dick) Nuese of Cottonwood, daughter Dianne (George) Raymond of Tracy, son Rich (Lori) Wakefield of Walnut Grove, daughter Nancy (Tim) Swanson of Lynd, 24 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, five brother-in-laws Donald Willard of Colorado, Ray Willard of Stillwater, Herald Willard of Arizona, Paul Heiling of Clara City, Harold Halfmann of Tracy, one sister-in-law Alona Cahow of Minneota, many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Richard was preceded in death by his wife Lorraine, his parents, step-father Frank Cahow, brother Don Cahow, five sister-in-laws Gerry Heiling, Shirley Halfmann, Maxine Willard, Donna Willard, Betty Cahow, and brother-in-law Raymond Willard.

Blessed be his memory.

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