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Ruth Sample


Fri, Mar 23rd, 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.

Betty VanNurden

Fri, Mar 23rd, 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 23rd, 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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A. Louis Hrabak

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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A. Louis Hrabak, 79, of Chatfield, a retired music teacher, died Tuesday (March 20, 2001) at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Born Sept. 2, 1921, in Pittsburgh, he grew up there and graduated from Carnegie-Mellon College in Pittsburgh. Mr. ..... 
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Mabel F. Grover

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Mabel F. Grover, 88, of Rushford, died March 17, 2001 at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford.

Mabel Kriese was born Aug. 19, 1912, in La Crosse, Wis. She grew up in La Crosse, graduated from La Crosse Central High School and attended ..... 
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Earl E. Zalky

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Earl E. Zalky, 67, of Ostrander, formerly of Wykoff, diedMarch 17, 2001 at Minnesota Veterans Home in Minneapolis following a lengthy illness.

Born Sept. 18, 1933, in Wykoff, he grew up there, graduated from Wykoff High School and served in t ..... 
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Stanley M. Swenson

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Stanley M. Swenson, 78, of rural Harmony, died March 16, 2001 at the Green Lea Manor in Mabel from complications of Lewy Body Disease.

He is survived by his wife, Ramona; three daughters, Laura Lynch of Waucoma, Iowa, Deb Scrabeck and Kari S ..... 
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Harry E. Cronk

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Harry E. Cronk, 74, of Wykoff, died March 16, 2001) at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.

He was born Oct. 1, 1926, in Chatfield, the son of Otis E. and Hattie (Griffin) Cronk and grew up in southern Minnesota. From 1944 to 1946, he served w ..... 
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