WESTBROOK, Minnesota (STPNS) -- Deanne Marie Earl

    Funeral services were held for Deanne Marie Earl Friday, June 1, 2007 at Grace Lutheran Church, Westbrook, MN. Interment was at the Westbrook Cemetery, Westbrook MN.

    On Monday, May 28, 2007 Deanne died at the Sanford Health center in Sioux Falls, SD at the age of 68.

    Deanne Marie Earl was born April 30,1939 to Earl and Marie (Hilton) Prosser in Albert Lea, MN. She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith and attended Albert Lea High School.



    On October 85 1955 Dee married Jerry Earl and they made their home in Albert Lea. In 1976, they moved to Westbrook, MN where they owned and operated the Elkhorn Inn for many years. At one time WCCO radio interviewed Dee because the Elkhorn had a reputation for having the best hamburgers in Minnesota. It was quite an honor for Dee to be so designated. She had a passion for cooking, which she passed on to her family.

    During Dee's life she was active in the communities that she lived. She coached a Squirts hockey team in Albert Lea, making her the first female hockey coach in Minnesota. She also spent many hours working at and lending a helping hand with tournaments at the Rolling Hills Golf Course. Dee was a great Twins, Vikings and Wild fan. She considered herself a close personal friend of Sid Hartman, Minnesota sports commentator. Both Jerry and Dee were avid fishermen. She also enjoyed bird-watching and took great pride in her gardening, both flower and vegetable gardens. Dee was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and spent a lot of time over the years with her sewing group.

    Survivors include her husband, Jerry, Westbrook, MN; daughter, Julie (Randy) VanDeWiele of Windom, MN; sons, Gregory (Squirrel) and friend, Denise Johnson of Turtle River, MN and Steve and friend, Carmel Boever of Fairmont, MN; six grandchildren, Tiffany Wahl, Rachel Haken, Christopher VanDeWiele, Brandon Earl, Samantha Earl and Michaela Holmgren; four great grandchildren, Emma and Gracie Wahl and Alexis and Hunter Haken; one brother, Mike (John) Prosser of Burlington, IA; one sister, Patricia (John) Lorenz of Cannon City, MN; nieces, nephews and cousins.

    Her parents preceded her in death.

Gerald Noomen

Funeral services for Gerald Edward Noomen will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7, 2007 at Immanuel Baptist Church in Westbrook.  Visitation will be held from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Westbrook Funeral Home, and will continue from 1:00 - 1:45 p.m. on Thursday also at the funeral home.  Interment is in the Westbrook Cemetery following the visitation on Thursday.

    Gerald Edward Noomen, 87 of rural Westbrook died Friday, June 1, 2007 at the Prairie View Health Care Center in Tracy.

    Gerald Edward Noomen son of Wynard and Ruth (Kooiker) Noomen was born in Sheldon, IA  June 16, 1919.  As a young child, he moved with his parents to a farm near Melvin, IA where he received his education.  Gerald entered the U.S. Army in 1942 and received his honorable discharge in 1946.  He spent over half of this time serving in the Aleutian Islands in the Asiatic Pacific during WWII.  On November 10, 1944 Gerald and Jennie (Van Gelderen) were married in Melvin, IA.  They lived in Georgia while he was stationed at Ft. Benning Parachute School.  After his discharge from the service, he purchased the farm near Westbrook in 1947 and has lived there until the time of his death.  Gerald accepted the Lord as his Savior at the age of 18 and became a member of the Melvin Reformed Church.  After moving to Westbrook, he joined the Immanuel Baptist Church where he served as trustee for several years.

    Survivors include his children:  Karen (Dennis) Johnson of Lake Crystal, MN; Lorna (Lyndon) Johnson of Peoria, AZ; Wayne (Louise) Noomen of Currie and Ryan (Mary) Noomen of Westbrook; eight grandchildren:  Kevin and Brent Johnson, Lucy Kunz, Darren Johnson, Lyle and Eric Noomen and Abraham and Melanie Noomen; five great grandchildren:  Brady, Reid, Allison, Andrew and Carson; two sisters Gertrude Noomen and Gladys Beltman both of Sheldon, IA; brother Lawrence Noomen of Avoca, MN; and many other relatives and friends.  

    Preceding him in death were his parents; wife Jennie; and sister Albertha Dodgen.    

Albert Eichner

    Funeral services were held Monday, June 4, 2007 at Grace Lutheran Church in Westbrook.  Interment was in the Westbrook Cemetery.  

    Albert A.  ?Al? Eichner was born to Christian and Anna (Lohse) Eichner on October 1, 1921 in Rosehill Township, Cottonwood County, near Westbrook, MN.  Albert was baptized December 20, 1931 and confirmed April 10, 1938 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Rosehill Township.  After Emmanuel Lutheran closed, he became a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Westbrook.  Al received an 8th grade education at Country School District 64 in Rosehill Township.  On July 15, 1951, Al was united in marriage to Violet Ann Novak in Scotland, SD.  Violet died in 1961.  Al farmed the Eichner home place with his brother Bill until purchasing a farm near Westbrook.

    In his younger years, Al was in the Rosehill Men?s  Softball League.  Al enjoyed fishing, hunting and auctions.  He has been an avid card player most of his life.  Al enjoyed gardening.  He was not afraid to plant something new, and has been heard to say there wasn?t anything he hadn?t tried to grow.  Family and friends were often on the receiving end of the produce from the garden.  Al served on the Rosehill Township Board for 5 years before discontinuing farming and moving into Westbrook.  There he drove a bulk fuel truck for Tri County.  In 1973, Al moved to Windom and later to Bingham Lake.  Al was employed at the Toro Company for 18 years, retiring in 1984.  Following retirement, he moved back to Westbrook.  He was a member of the Senior Citizens Center where he held various offices.  

    Al entered the Sogge Good Samaritan Community in Windom in October of 2005.  It is there that he died June 1, 2007 at the age of 85 years.

    Al is survived by his son Allen of Sioux Falls, SD; brother William (Elaine) of Westbrook; sister-in-law Ruth (Clem) Rhode of AZ; brothers-in-law George Novak and Edward Novak of Scotland, SD; and many nieces and  nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Violet, siblings:  Johnny, Rose Krause, Christian ?Shorty?, and Katharine ?Kat? Carey, and brother and sister-in-law Harry and Helen Novak.

Emmett D. Witt

    A funeral service was held Wednesday, June 6, 2007 at Bethany Lutheran Church, Storden, MN, for Emmett D. Witt.  Military honors by Herbert Reese American Legion Post  391, Storden, MN. Interment at Bethany Lutheran Cemetery, Cemetery, Storden, MN.

    Emmett became a resident of the Westbrook Good Samaritan Center, Westbrook where he died Friday evening, June 1, 2007, at the age of 86.    

    Emmett D. Witt was born on March 11, 1921, in rural Lamberton, Mn to the late Emil John and Enga (Lendtvedt) Witt. He attended Halland country school and the family moved to Storden, MN. In 1939, Emmett graduated from Storden High School and then worked at Lee Oberle?s Implement in Storden. Emmett lived in Detroit, MI before enlisting in the United State Navy in October of 1942. He was a member of the 62nd Battalion of Seabees where he spent eighteen months in Pearl Harbor, HI during World War II. Emmett was part of the invasion force at Iwo Jima. On December 19, 1945, Emmett was honorably discharged and returned to Storden.

    On October 17, 1953, Emmett was united in marriage to LaVonne Wendland at Trinity Lutheran Church in Jeffers. In 1956, Emmett and LaVonne bought a grocery store and dry goods store (formerly the Farmers Store) in Storden and remained in business until selling the store in 1979. Emmett then worked for the Schweiters Plant in Windom; Cropmate Chemical plant for Neal Swenson.

    Emmett was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, Storden where he served on the church council several times; a past member (22 years) of the Storden Fire Department; a member of the Herbert Reese Post 391 American Legion Post in Storden where he served as past commander, adjutant and treasurer; and a  member of the  Storden Commercial Club. Emmett enjoyed  fishing trips to Canada and up north.

    Survivors include his wife LaVonne, Storden; children, Theresa (Craig) Jacobson, Wanamingo; Gregory (Jean) Witt, Hutchinson; Bradley Witt, Sioux Falls, SD; Randall (Lisa)  Witt, Hutchinson; ten grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and other relatives and many friends.

    Preceding him in death were his parents; and one brother, Kenneth Witt.