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October 16, 2013
WESTBROOK, Minnesota (STPNS) -- Doris Jane Lessman
Services for Doris J. Lessman were held Monday, October 14, 2013 at the Tracy United Methodist Church. Interment was in the Bethel Cemetery, rural Garvin, MN.
Doris, 78 Tracy, MN died Thursday, October 10, 2013 at the Prairie View Healthcare Center, Tracy.
Doris Jane Lessman was born September 13, 1935 to Cleo and Martha (Bott) Willhite in Holly Township, near Walnut Grove, MN, Redwood County. She was baptized and confirmed in the Walnut Grove United Methodist Church and attended and graduated from Walnut Grove Public School. As a young woman, Doris worked for Tracy Hospital and began her nursing training while she worked there.
On August 13, 1960, Doris married Warner “Fritz” Lessman at the Walnut Grove United Methodist Church and they made their home in Tracy, MN. She attended Mankato State College where she received her Licensed Practical Nursing degree. She then continued working at Tracy Hospital until she retired in 1992 after nearly forty years of nursing within the community of Tracy.
Doris was a member of the Tracy United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Tracy VFW, Tracy American Legion Auxiliaries and Degree Of Honor Lodge. She enjoyed Scrapper/Panther athletics, playing games with her children and grandchildren, especially, the “Sorry” marble game and Kings-In-The Corner card game, and was an avid Twins and Vikings fan.
In 2003, Doris moved into the O'Brien Court Apartments in Tracy and in 2012 became a resident of the Prairie View Healthcare Center in Tracy.
Survivors include her daughter, Jeri (Keith) Schons, Tracy, MN; sons, Jeff (Karla) Lessman, Omaha, NE, Thad (LuAnn) Lessman, Tracy, MN; eight grandchildren; four great grandchildren; brothers, Gary (Lynn) Willhite, Crookston, MN, Greg (Rita) Willhite, Hanover, MN; nieces, nephews and friends.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Warner “Fritz” Lessman; her parents, Cleo and Martha Willhite; sisters, Donna Lovejoy and Betty Willhite.
Karen Delores Almjeld
Memorial services will be held on Thursday, October 17, 2013, at 10:30 a.m., at the First Lutheran Church in Worthington, MN, with Rev. Richard Ricker officiating. A family committal service will be at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday at the Worthington Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 16, 2013, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the Benson Funeral Home in Worthington, MN.
Karen died on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at the Golden Living Center in Wabasso, MN.
Karen Delores (Weidauer) Almjeld was born January 10, 1940 at Tyler, MN hospital to Donald and Elizabeth (Longstrom) Weidauer. The family moved to Seattle, WA during World War II. They returned to Minnesota in April 1949. Karen started school in Seattle, went to Burchard school in April, Tracy school in May and started 4th grade in Balaton. Karen graduated from Tracy High School in 1958. She worked for Dr. Valentine as a stenographer for 2 years. Karen married Ronald Almjeld on September 27th, 1958. They lived in Mankato until August 1975, when the family moved to Worthington. Karen worked at Sears and at Madsen's in Mankato; United Way in Worthington, and for First Lutheran Church. Karen was active at First Lutheran with Bible School, church council, many committees of the church, First Lutheran Church Women and circle. Her love of God was evident in everything that she did. Survivors include her husband, Ronnie Almjeld, Worthington, MN; daughters, Juanita Harberts, Wabasso, MN and Bernice (Richard) Robinson, Big Stone City, SD; five grandchildren, Christa Harberts, Tea, SD, Andrea (Dustin) Kuipers, Tea, SD, Kelsey Robinson, (Ben Teets), West Fargo, ND, Nick Harberts Rushmore, MN, and Dillon (Jodi) Robinson, Walnut Grove, MN; three great granddaughters, Joslyn, Jada and Janessa Kuipers; sister, Carol (Dallas) Skaug, St. Louis Park, MN; sisters-in-law, Donna (Dennis) Amundson, Ivanhoe, MN, Norma (Terry) Renken, Arco MN.
Leon Hartley Sorensen
Services for Leon H. Sorensen were held Monday, October 7, 2013 at Storden Baptist Church, Storden, MN. Interment took place in the Storden Baptist Cemetery. Online condolences may be placed at www.almliefh.com
Leon, 90, Fulda, MN, formerly of Storden, MN, died Monday, September 30, 2013 at the Maple Lawn Nursing Home, Fulda.
Leon Hartley Sorensen was born April 5, 1923 to Jim and Mabel (Nelson) Sorensen near Storden, MN, in Storden Township, Cottonwood County. He attended and graduated from Storden Public School. He attended the University of Tennessee for one semester, returning to Storden, and married Carol Hofstad.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He went to Farragut, ID Naval Training Station, where he worked with the decommissioning of that Naval Station. He was stationed on the island of Guam and was honorably discharged in 1950, after serving for six years.
Leon returned to the family farm to assist his father until 1960, when he moved his family to San Diego, CA. where he was in real estate. His family moved back to Minnesota, where he farmed south of Storden. Leon then purchased his family’s farm north of Storden. In 1972 his son, Jim began farming with him.
Leon and Carol lived in Alamosa, CO for several years. After her death Leon lived in Storden. In 1995, Leon married Ruth Meyer, and they made their home in Slayton and Westbrook, MN. In 2006 Leon suffered a stroke and they moved into a retirement apartment in Westbrook.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth, Fulda, MN; son, Jim (Wilma) Sorensen, Redmond, OR; daughter, Kathy (Bruce) Prins. Alamosa, CO; five grandchildren; five great grandchildren; sister, Gene Wilson, Covina, CA; nieces, nephews and friends.
Preceding him in death were his first wife, Carol; his parents; brother, Howard (Claire) Sorensen; sisters, Gladys (Bob) Bear and Helen (John) Boyd; one brother-in-law, Ralph Wilson.
Raymond “Ray” Hatton
Memorial services for Raymond “Ray” Hatton was Monday, October 14, 2013 at the Tracy Area Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com.
Raymond “Ray” Hatton, 62, Tracy died unexpectedly on Friday, October 4, 2013 at his home.
Raymond “Ray” Hatton was born May 27, 1951 in Joliet, IL to Francis and Dolly (Blatti) Hatton. He was baptized in the Catholic faith. He attended school in Joliet, IL, and furthered his education at Willmar Vo-Tech and Jackson Vo-Tech. Ray was united in marriage to Tamora Coyle in 1981 at the Episcopal Church in Marshall, Minnesota. He loved watching old movies, working on engines, riding motorcycle and horses. Ray fixed CB radios, and was always working around the house starting new projects. He loved every aspect of politics and could argue them better than anyone. His family was very important to him, he loved family get-togethers and spending time with his grandkids; he made each one of them feel special and important. Ray loved cooking and made the best lasagna. He often could be found playing guitar and writing songs, but was shy to sing when he knew people were listening. His brother, Roy, would drive great distances just to spend a few hours playing guitar with Ray.
Ray is survived by his ex-wife Tammy Hatton of Canton, SD; children: Marjorae (Freddie) Martinez of Windom, Shane Jensen of St. Cloud, Ray Jr. (Krista) Hatton of Marshall, Randy (Missy) Jensen of Comfrey, Aren (Brandi Jo) Hatton of Tyler, and Jessica (Dean) Parker of Westbrook; 16 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; brother Roy (JoAnn) Hatton of Wisconsin; 2 nieces Lenore and Jennifer; and many other relatives and friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents; son Jeremy Hatton; and an infant sister.
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