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Ruth Sample


Fri, Mar 30th, 2001
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Ruth Sample, 91, a homemaker and lifelong area resident, died March 17, 2001 at Spring Valley Care Center, where she had lived since December, 2000.

Ruth Utley was born March 25, 1909, in Preston. She graduated from Preston High School in 1927, where she was a member of the girls basketball team that played in the state tournament. She was active in 4-H, in home economics and livestock projects. She attended the University of Minnesota College of Agriculture and was a Fillmore County 4-H agent. She was a founding member of the G.O.B. Sorority at the University. In 1929, she showed the champion beef at the Ag-Royal Livestock Show. On March 5, 1932, she married J. Ivan Sample. The couple farmed at Boulder Front Farm near Spring Valley, and raised registered Angus cattle. Mr. Sample died in 1980. Mrs. Sample was active in the First Congregational Church where she was president of the Women's Fellowship. After the church mergers she remained active in Faith United Methodist Church in Spring Valley. She was a 4-H leader for many years and was active in Homemakers activities.

Survivors include one daughter, Evadene (Don) Hagberg of Sun City, Ariz.; three sons, James Ivan Jr. (Ranah) of Vermillion, S.D., Richard (Ann) of Salem, Ore. and Gregg (Karen) of Spring Valley; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Esther Pickett of Preston. Two brothers, Douglas & Wilbur, one sister, June and one great-grandson, Matthew also preceded her in death.

The funeral for Ruth Sample was held March 20, 2001 at Faith United Methodist Church with the Rev. James W. Ross officiating. Burial was in Spring Valley Cemetery. Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home, Spring Valley, was in charge of arrangements.
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Betty VanNurden

Fri, Mar 30th, 2001
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Betty VanNurden, 77, of Chatfield, a retired school cook, died March 20, 2001 at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester where she had been a patient since March 12.

Betty Nuehring was born Aug. 26, 1923, in Liberty Township, Hancock County, rural ..... 
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Merton McKay

Fri, Mar 30th, 2001
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Merton McKay, 79, of Byron, a retired truck driver and farmer, died March 16, 2001 at the Valleyview Nursing Home in Houston after a brief illness.

Born Oct. 18, 1921, in Harmony, the son of Clarence and Clara McKay, he grew up on the family ..... 
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Paul Block

Fri, Mar 30th, 2001
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Paul Block, 64, of Elma, died Friday, March 16, 2001 at Gunderson Lutheran Hospital in LaCrosse of natural causes.

Paul David Block was born January 31, 1937 at Waterloo, Iowa the son of John & Hannah (Renz) Block. He grew up on a farm near Sa ..... 
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Swen J. Swenson

Fri, Mar 30th, 2001
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Swen J. Swenson, age 81, of rural Fort Dodge, Iowa, died Sunday, March 18, 2001, at Trinity Regional Hospital, Fort Dodge.

Swen J. Swenson was born October 8, 1919 in Harmony, the son of Swen N. and Mabel (Mattison) Swenson. He was raised in ..... 
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Arthur A. Molstein

Fri, Mar 30th, 2001
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Arthur Molstein, 81, of Rushford, a longtime area farmer, died Sunday (March 25, 2001) at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford.

Born Aug. 5, 1919, at North Prairie in Fillmore County, he graduated from Lanesboro High School in 1937 and at ..... 
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Christopher Samuel Giltner

Fri, Mar 30th, 2001
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Christopher Samuel Giltner, 11-year-old son of Gary and Mary (Pratt) Giltner of Harmony, died early Sunday morning (March 25, 2001) at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester following a seven-year illness.

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Howard O. Eisenman

Fri, Mar 30th, 2001
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Howard Eisenman, 88, of Chatfield, a longtime area farmer, died Monday (March 26, 2001) at Seasons Hospice in Rochester, where he was a patient 12 days.

He was born Dec. 8, 1912, in Spring Valley. On Oct. 16, 1937, he married Beulah Renslow ..... 
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LaCrescent, MN - Apple Capital of Minnesota

Fri, Mar 30th, 2001
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LaCrescent is a growing community with a thriving business district. Located in the southeast corner of Minnesota, LaCrescent has a boundary of the Mississippi River on one side, and the apple orchard covered bluffs on the other. Enjoy our annual App ..... 
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