Clara Andrews, 97

Clara E. Andrews, age 97 of Tracy formerly of Los Angeles CA, passed away April 27, 2019 at the Prairie View Senior Living in Tracy. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, May 2 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at church on Thursday. A Rosary will be held at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 at the Tracy Area Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Walnut Grove. Online condolences may be sent at  Stephens Funeral Service – Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Clara Elizabeth Andrews was born April 23, 1922 to Paul and Sylvia (Putte) Verstraete in Walnut Grove. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy. Clara went to country school in Walnut Grove and later graduated from Tracy High School in 1939. She went to Washington D.C. in 1942 where she worked for the War Production Board as a secretary.

Clara returned to Tracy following the war where she met and married Merle Johnson in 1946. Together they made their life in California where she lived for 45 years. While in California, she worked for Litton Industries for many years. In 1976 Clara married John Andrews in California. Following the death of her husband, she retired and returned to Tracy. Clara was active in her church throughout life. She enjoyed crocheting, golfing, and traveling around the world.

Clara is survived by her two step sons; two step grandsons; two step granddaughters; three step great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husbands, son Dennis; brothers Raymond, Gus, Louie, Jack, & Frank, and sisters Minnie Cooreman, Margaret Maeyaert, Mary VanDeWynkle, & Gussie Shaw.

Lana Sheets, 91

Lana Rose (Honeycutt) Sheets, age 91 of Tracy, was married to the love of her life for over 61 years, after a dozen years apart Lana, surrounded by her family, decided it was time to return home and went to see her loving husband Lewis on Monday, December 17, 2018. Memorial Services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, March 9 at the Walnut Grove United Methodist Church.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at church on Saturday.  Interment will be in the Tracy City Cemetery in the spring. Further information will come at a later date. Online condolences may be sent at  Stephens Funeral Service – Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Lana Rose (Honeycutt) Sheets was born in Mille Lacs, Minnesota, to Albert and Rose (Hagedorn) Honeycutt on March 9, 1927. When her mother passed away, Lana, at the age of seven, became the caregiver of her family along with her father. While in high School, Lana with her sister Alice went to Seattle, WA to find work. While in Seattle she met Lewis Sheets, they were later united in marriage on June 17, 1945. When Lewis was shipped out to war, Lana returned to her home town in Minnesota. When Lewis returned they made their home in Tracy.
She became a resident of Country View Senior Living in Walnut Grove from 2007 until 2015 when she moved to Prairie View in Tracy where she lived until her passing.
Lana is survived by her children Lewis Jr. (Betty) Sheets of Mesa, AZ, Sherman (Becky) Sheets of Staples, Linda (Charles) Benson of Walnut Grove, Ken (Doris) Sheets of Tracy, Bruce Sheets of Amiret, and Lester (Gayle) Sheets of Rockford; 18 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and one more on the way; and sister Alice of Apple Valley.
She is preceded in death by her loving husband Lewis of 61 years; her 54 year old son Lee; parents Albert and Rose (Hagedorn) Honeycutt; and siblings Sherman, Milo, Landy, and Ione.

Eugene Harnack, 94

A Celebration of Life Service for Eugene “Gene” Harnack, age 94 of Windom, will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom with Reverend David L. Birch officiating.  Full military honors provided by American Legion Post #206 of Windom will take place at the funeral home immediately after the service at the funeral home. Burial will take place in the Lamberton Cemetery in Lamberton, MN at a later date.
Visitation will be from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 9 at the LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom.
Eugene “Gene” Roy Harnack was born on April 14, 1924, in Revere, Minnesota to the late Clarence L. and Edith (Dagner) Harnack. He received his education in the Revere area. Upon graduating from high school, Gene enlisted in the United State Army first living in Georgia and then being deployed to Germany until being honorably discharged and returning to Revere.
On October 23, 1946, Gene was united in marriage to Lila Mae Coulter at the Church of Christ in Lamberton. This marriage was blessed with two sons, Tom and Jim. In 1950, Lila and Gene moved to Revere for ten years and then to Tracy until 1972 when they moved to Windom and lived ever since. Through the years, Gene was the Co-op Grain Elevator manager in Tracy and then in Windom for 50 years until his retirement in 1993. He then started working for Peterson Feeds in Windom for many years until just a few months ago.
Gene recently became a resident of Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom where he passed away on Thursday evening, February 28, 2019 with his family at his side, at the age of 94 years.
Gene was a longtime, dedicated member of the Church of Christ in Lamberton where he was a treasurer and elder. He also was a lifetime member of American Legion Post #206 in Windom. Gene will be remembered for playing cards, love of chocolate and being an avid outdoorsman. His greatest enjoyment came from being with family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Gene is survived by his two sons and their spouses, Tom (Renee) Harnack of Windom; Jim (Dawn) Harnack of Dallas Center, IA; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, Jason Harnack; Lindsay (Toren) Bires and their daughter, Ashlyn Lila and Brielle Mae; Amy (Toby) Perdue and their children, Kylie and Carlie Mae; Eric (Tonya Vitzthum) Harnack; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Gene is preceded in death by his parents and wife, Lila Mae Harnack.
Arrangements are under the care of LaCanne Family Funeral Service.

Billy Kyner, 76

Billy Joseph Kyner, age 76 of Marshall, passed away Monday, February 25, 2019 at Franklin Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Franklin. There will be no services at this time.  Online condolences may be sent at  Stephens Funeral Service – Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Billy Joseph Kyner was born December 11, 1942 in Bakersfield, CA. Billy moved to Kansas City, MO in the early 1960’s with his first wife. Together they had two children Sherry Cook-Finely and John Kyner. They later parted ways. In 1993 he met Frankie Waggoner-Gregg. They got married on May 13th, 1994 and together had one daughter, Helena. Billy also welcomed her two sons Denton and Clinton Gregg. Later in life, Billy retired from Certainteed Fiberglass and moved to rural Arkansas. In 2014, Billy and Frankie moved to southwest Minnesota to be closer to their grandchildren. Billy was a free spirit with a kind heart and had a larger than life sense of humor. He loved music by Pink Floyd, gardening, tinkering with computers, antiquing and art. Billy especially enjoyed true crime and family history books.
Billy is survived by his wife Frankie Kyner; children: Sherry, John, Helena and Denton; 10 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; brothers: Ron and Terry Kyner; and sister Martha Whisman.
He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Odean Kyner; and son Clinton.

Dolores Baumann, 97

Dolores Marie Baumann, formerly of Tracy, passed away at the age of 97.  Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 25, 2019 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church,4625 W. 125th St Savage, MN. Visitation 1-4pm Sunday, February 24 at White Funeral Home, Burnsville, MN. Burial will follow at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.

Dolores was born September 13, 1921 to Carl and Katherine (Koller) Liebswager in Lucan, MN.  She married I.J. (Bud) Baumann on August 6, 1942 in Milroy, MN.  After their marriage, they moved to Fort Sill, OK.  In 1945 they moved to her family farm in Milroy, MN and then to Tracy, MN in 1958.

Dolores was active in the community with the Ladies Auxiliary, Catholic Daughters of America and  St. Mary’s Catholic Church.   She was a gifted seamstress and owned and operated The Fabric Center in Tracy.  She went back to school to become a certified Dietician and was a cook at the Tracy Nursing Home until she retired in 1986.

Dolores loved playing piano, sewing, playing cards, gardening and spending time with family and friends.

Dolores is survived by her children: Jerry Baumann, Walnut Grove, MN; Jill (Keith) Anderson, Minneota, MN; Roger Baumann, Wabasso, MN; Peggy (Bill) Manther, Apopka, FL; Marcie Baumann, Burnsville MN and Maxine (Rick) Menze, Burnsville, MN; grandchildren: Troy, Buddy, Karin, Krista, Bryan, Christy, Carrie, Cathy, Kris and Rob; great-grandchildren: Andy, Maddie, Matt, Jake, Sam, Danny, Grant, Brody, Brendon and Kieran, Shay and many, many nieces and nephews.

Dolores was preceeded in death by her loving husband, Bud; her parents, Carl and Katherine; brother Gifford; daughter-in-law Pat Baumann; grandson Michael Anderson; granddaughters Teresa Baumann and Sarah Menze.

She will always be loved and will be greatly missed by us all.

Judy Boe, 78

Judy Boe, age 78 of Owatonna, formerly of Walnut grove, passed away February 16, 2019 at the Homestead Hospice House in Owatonna. Memorial Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 20 at the Walnut Grove Funeral Home. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Wednesday. Private family burial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to Homestead Hospice House, 2350 NW 26th St. Owatonna, MN 55060. Online condolences may be sent at Stephens Funeral Service – Walnut Grove Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Judy Boe was born August 3, 1940 in Tracy, to Leo and Carrie (McComb) Gilb. She was confirmed at the Johnsonville Lutheran Church. Judy graduated from the Walnut Grove High School. 

She was united in marriage to Arlin Albertson on January 16, 1960 and together they had two sons, Grant and Ross. Later in life she was united in marriage to Kieth Boe. 

Judy had a passion for fashion. She was the former owner of Judy Lee’s Clothing Store located in Tracy and Springfield. She also owned the Strawberry Patch located in Tracy. Judy had a heart for helping others and enjoyed a good cup of coffee. She was involved in the Tracy Chamber of Commerce, the Walnut Grove Charter Member Amicus Club, and the English Lutheran Church Women’s Circle. Judy enjoyed knitting, sewing, and playing the piano. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Judy is survived by her son Grant Albertson of Owatonna; grandchildren: Ryan Albertson of Walnut Grove, Molly (Tim) Robinson of Brownsdale, and Caitlin Sikel of Walnut Grove; and sister Jeanine Christy of Sacred Heart. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, son Ross Albertson, brother Charlie Gilb, and sisters Barbara Vickerman and Sally Hassinger.

Sharon Hansen, 79

Sharon Hansen, 79, of New Ulm died Thursday, February 14, 2019 at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.  Funeral Service will be 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in New Ulm. Burial will take place in the New Ulm City Cemetery.  Visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home – SOUTH Chapel in New Ulm.  Visitation will continue from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the church on Thursday.  To leave an online condolence for her family, or to sign the guestbook, go to:

Sharon is survived by her children, Mark (Ruth) Hansen, Kim (Greg) Haubrich, Jason Hansen; daughter-in-law Eileen (Duane) Kral; 8 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and many dear friends.  

She is preceded in death by her parents, Francis and Gertrude (Hanson) Briddell; husband, William “Bill” Hansen; son, David Hansen; daughter, Robyn Hansen; sisters; and brothers.

Sharon was born on December 23, 1939 in Tracy.  She graduated from Tracy High School.  

On September 7, 1958 she was united in marriage to William Hansen at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Tracy. After marriage they lived in Tracy and then moved to New Ulm.  Sharon worked at Kraft Foods in New Ulm until retiring.  She loved time they spent from April to October up north at their cabin and enjoyed fishing, watching sunsets, and hosting family and friends.  Her passion in her life was her faith.  She enjoyed her flower gardens which gave her so much pride and joy.  She was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in New Ulm, and the Ladies Aid at church.  

Roger Peterson, 80

Roger “Pete” Peterson, 80, of Hanska died Thursday, February 7, 2019 at his home surrounded by family.

Funeral service was at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 16, at Zion Lutheran Church in Hanska with Pastor Sarah Taylor officiating. Burial followed in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Hanska.

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Roger is survived by his wife, Karen Peterson of Hanska; daughters, Brenda (Allen) Wieme and their children Nathan and Katlyn of Tracy, Beth (Kevin) Lassas and their children Michelle and Ryan of Madelia, Becky (John) Hahn and their children Randy and Mark of Brainerd; a son Bryan (Jill) Peterson and their children Ashley (AJ) Plummer and Austin Peterson of New Ulm; and one great granddaughter Hadley; sisters-in-law, Vivian Panzer of Brainerd, Barbara Tetzloff of Lewisville, Debra (Delvin) Durheim of Long Prairie; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister Elaine; and his brothers-in-law, Merle Evjen, Willard Tetzloff and Harold Panzer.

Roger Dale Peterson was born January 28, 1939 in New Ulm to Oscar and Mabel (Mork) Peterson. He graduated from Hanska High School in 1957. Roger was united in marriage to Karen Klutz at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in St. James. Roger wore many hats as he was a farmer and was also employed at Del Monte, Industrial Air, Swift Eckrich and the Madelia Community Hospital. His hobbies included collecting trains, calendars, toy tractors and steam engines. He enjoyed traveling with friends and family seeing the sites from California to Florida and collecting key chains at every stop.  Also traveled the Midwest watching Steam Engines and attending Toy Shows. Roger also loved watching his Grandchildren at as many sporting events and music concerts as he could make.  He also liked to watch the Twins and Vikings.  Enjoyed the time he spent with friends eating pizza and especially the time he spent with children, grandchildren and his precious great granddaughter, whether it be Holidays, working on the farm or just hanging out, especially the last year, it was his happiest moments!!! 

Delores Sell, 87

Delores Jean Sell, age 87 of Walnut Grove, passed away Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at Avera McKennan Medical Center in Sioux Falls.  Funeral Services was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 18 at English Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove. A private family burial will be in the Walnut Grove Cemetery.  Online condolences may be sent at Stephens Funeral Service – Walnut Grove Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Delores Jean Sell was born December 29, 1931 to Emanuel and Helen (Montgomery) Nelson in Windom, Minnesota. She attended Windom Public School and then graduated from Walnut Grove High School in 1950 as a Salutatorian. 

On June 3, 1950, Delores married Richard “Bud” Sell in Westbrook. After, the couple moved to Hartley, Iowa, where Delores worked at Fairmont Foods.  In 1953, Delores and Bud returned to Westbrook, where they bought the filling station, farmed for four years and Delores worked at the Westbrook State Bank.  The couple moved to Walnut Grove in 1957 and they bought the Sell Brothers implement business, which they operated until 1998.  

Delores was a very active member of the English Lutheran Church.  She was on Circle, the WELCA board and in the past she served on the church council.  Delores was a member of the Walnut Grove City Council and Lake Shetek Lake Association.  She was a wonderful cook and avid reader. Delores enjoyed playing cards, golfing and pontoon rides.  She would winter in Arizona and enjoyed traveling across the world.  Delores loved attending all of her grandchildren’s school events.

Delores is survived by her children: Ric (Lisa) Sell, Debra (Rich) Martius, Kathy (Loren) Knakmuhs all of Walnut Grove, and Jim (Lynnelle) Sell of Medina; grandchildren: Tim, Staci, Ben, Jackie, Ashley, Joshua, Jordan, Ty & Drew; 11 great grandchildren; sisters: Pat Hansen of Walnut Grove, Sandy (Ken) Anderson of Revere, and Mary (Gerry) Leonard of Slayton; and many other relatives and friends. 

She is preceded in death by her parents and husband Bud August 27, 2018.

Darrell Zimmerman, 91

Darrell Luverne Zimmerman passed away Feb. 4, 2019 at Lake Forest Country Homes in Lake Forest, California. He was 91 years old.

Darrell was born June 6, 1927, to Oral and Wilma (Williamson) Zimmerman in Tracy, Minnesota. He graduated from Tracy High School in 1945. Darrell was an excellent athlete and loved playing sports. He lettered in three sports: 4 years in football, 4 years in track and field, and 3 years in basketball. Darrell had the honor of holding the school record for 11 letters in three sports for over 50 years.

After graduating high school he joined the Navy. He was proud to have served in the Navy for two years as Navy SP Ai/C. During his time with the Navy he played Service football at the Great Lakes Naval Station and Jacksonville Naval Base.

From 1947 – 1951 Darrell attended South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. His time at SDSU was impressive, lettering 4 years in football and track and field. Darrell graduated with a Bachelor in Science degree in 1951 and furthered his academic career with a Masters in Education in 1959.

Darrell married Darlene Bly in 1952. They met in Ivanhoe, Minnesota, where they were both teaching school. They had four children: Brenda, Scott, Sheri, and Rick.

Darrell, aka “Coach”, devoted his life to education and coaching for 50 years. His career included 4 high schools: Ivanhoe, MN, Atwater, MN, Farmington, MN, Millikan High School, Long Beach, CA and 4 colleges: Danna College, Valparaiso University, University of the Pacific, and Western Oregon University. He felt blessed to have coached football, basketball, cross country, track and field, wrestling and hockey.

He was inducted into 4 Hall of Fames as a coach, and was on the USA Coaches Hall of Fame ballot for 5 years. A highlight of his career was the State Department appointment to coach the Ecuador National Track Team 1968 – 1970.

In addition to coaching young athletes he officiated basketball and umpired baseball for 30 years.

Darrell was a member of the Elks Club for over 45 years. He was involved in the Clown Unit in the Garden Grove Lodge. “Zimbo” the clown loved to march in parades and often reminisced of the time they marched in the Rose Parade. He transferred to the HB Elks Lodge and actively participated in club activities, his favorite being the monthly pancake breakfasts.

His church, Grace Lutheran, was a source of spiritual strength and comfort. He was proud of the church school and was generous in his support of the excellent academic and spiritual curriculum.

The last two and a half years, Darrell lived in a beautiful board and care home in Lake Forest, CA. He received excellent loving care for which his family is truly grateful. He continued to keep current on all the sports, enjoyed watching tv and having lively conversations with his fellow home residents. His social outings each month: the Elks Pancake Breakfast, church services at Grace Lutheran, and breakfast at the Magnolia Café, added to his enjoyment of life.

Darrell lived a full and blessed life. He had the opportunity to travel extensively to many different countries and enjoyed many beautiful destinations in the USA. In his own words, “It’s been a great run. God has truly blessed me as an athlete, coach, and sports official.”

His cremains will be carried home to Tracy, Minnnesota in the Spring to his final resting place in the family plot next to his parents and grandparents.

Darrell is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his children: Brenda Adams (husband, Dan), Scott Zimmerman (wife) Wendy, Sheri Hanaway, Rick Zimmerman, grandchildren: Jamie Hanaway, Rachel Adams, Kyle Zimmerman, and Natalie Zimmerman.