Obituaries for December 6, 2002

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 6, 2002

Melchor J. Morehouse, 85

Melchor "Mack" J. Morehouse, 85, of Austin, died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002, at the Austin Medical Center due to an extended illness.

He was born Nov. 14, 1917, in Alexandria, S.D., to Romaine and Clara (Elfert) Morehouse.

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On Sept. 24, 1940, he married Martha Ripka in Mora. They lived in St. Paul and Mora. In 1946, Mack enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in Guam in World War II. In 1959, he moved his family to Austin.

He was employed by Marigold Dairy as a milkman until 1979 and held various odd jobs until his retirement.

He was past Post Commander in 1955 and 1956 of America Legion Post 201 and VFW in Mora.

Survivors include wife, Martha Morehouse, Austin; children, Wayne Morehouse, Pequot Lakes; Janet (Jim) Seiver, Rochester; Michael Morehouse, Austin; Nancy (Terry) Lafin, Columbia, Md.; Thomas (Dawn) Morehouse, Austin; Mark Morehouse, Onalaska, Wis.; Scott (Jan) Morehouse, Sauk Rapids; JoAnne (Eugene) Jiracek, Oakdale; Mary Morehouse, Owatonna; Susan Morehouse, Austin; Dianne (Keith) Unruh, Owatonna; Steve (Mary) Morehouse, Hayfield; 29 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; sister, Vivian (Morehouse) Ripka, Mora

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Thaddeus "Ted"; and son, James.

Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m. today with a 4 p.m. wake service at the funeral home and also one-half hour before Saturday service at Queen of Angels Catholic Church. Military rites by American Legion Post #91. Friends may also call for one hour before the Monday service at the church in Mora.

Service: 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2002, at Queen of Angels Catholic Church with Father William Becker officiating and 11 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mora with Father William Vos officiating.

Interment: St. Mary's Cemetery with military rites by American Post #201.

Funeral Home: Mayer Funeral Home, Austin.

Ruth P. Wallem, 74

Ruth Pearl Wallem, 74, died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002, at Field Crest Care Center, Hayfield.

She was born March 25, 1928, to Oscar and Cetha (Wyant) Barnett in Dodge Center.

On July 23, 1946, she married Harry Wallem.

Ruth was a life long resident of the Austin and Sargeant areas and has been in Field Crest Care Center for the past four years.

She was a homemaker and worked as a cook at various places. She also enjoyed playing cards.

Survivors include husband, Harry Wallem, Sargeant; daughters, Susan (George) Barley, La Grange, N.C.; Nancy Wallem, Dexter; sons, Andrew (Nicole) Wallem, Dexter; Harry (Lisa) Wallem, Jr., Brownsdale; four grandchildren; brothers, Jim (Delores) Barnett, Austin; Clayton Barnett, Austin; Earl (Marge) Barnett, Austin; Donald (Cleo) Barnett, Austin; sisters, Margaret Cook, Minneapolis; Linda (Fred) Drehobl, Chicago, Ill.

Visitation: 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2002, at the funeral home.

Service: 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Rev. Ronald Barnett officiating.

Interment: Zion Lutheran Cemetery, rural Dexter.

Funeral Home: Czaplewski Family Funeral Home, Hayfield.

Theodore L. Seufert, 93

Theodore "Ted" L. Seufert, 93, formerly of Austin, died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002, at Heritage Care Center, Mason City, Iowa.

He was born June 6, 1909, in Lebonan, Mo., to Macarius and Barbara (Schmidt) Seufert. He grew up and attended school in Mt. Angel, Ore. He moved to Austin in 1938.

On May 28, 1940, he married Magdalene Loecher in Johnsburg.

Ted worked for several years at the Hormel Food Corporation until his retirement. He moved to Mason City, Iowa in January 1998.

He was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church. He enjoyed gardening, traveling and woodworking.

Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Suzanne Bateman, Virginia, Minn.; Sarah Seufert and husband, Dipankar Sanyal, Minneapolis; Mary Brill, Coral Springs, Fla.; CeCe and Chuck Mayer, Mason City, Iowa; sons and daughter-in-law, Jim Seufert, Brooklyn Park; Nico CearGeo, Shoreview; Dianne Seufert, Brooklyn Park; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Marie Dante, Austin.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Joe Seufert; son-in-law, David Bateman; and daughter-in-law, Jeanne Seufert.

Visitation: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, 2002, at the funeral home.

Service: 1 p.m. Sunday at St. Augustine Catholic Church with the Rev. Paul Nelson officiating. Casket Bearers will be Jenny Petersen, Jill Seufert, Jessica Winkelaar, Jeremy Bateman, Benjamin Bateman, Soumya Sanyal, Marc Sanyal, Stephen Seufert, Matthew Seufert, Laura Brill, Owen Brill, Ava Brill and Andy Mayer.

Interment: Calvary Cemetery, Austin.

Funeral Home: Clasen-Jordan Mortuary, Austin.

Gladys L. Pinkava, 64

Gladys L. Pinkava, 64, of Clinton, formerly of Browns-dale, died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002, in a Sioux Falls, S.D. hospital.

She was born Oct. 15, 1938, in Fort Dodge, Iowa, to George and Grace (Edgar) Cleveland.

In June 1958, she married James Pinkava of Brownsdale in Hayfield. They later divorced.

Gladys enjoyed crocheting, sewing, collecting videos and listening to country and western CDs.

Survivors include mother Grace Cleveland, Rochester; sons and daughter-in-laws, Joe and Kimberly Pinkava, Austin; Harold and Helen Pinkava, state of Georgia; Chuck and Michelle Pinkava, Austin; daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Kevin Hultgren, Austin; five grandchildren; sisters, Ginny (Arlie) Lee, Redwing; Georgia (Ralph) Nelson, Rochester; Geri Hodges, state of Montana; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Visitation: One hour before the service Saturday at the funeral home.

Service: 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2002, at the funeral home with Rev. Charlie Talcott officiating.

Interment: Fairview Cemetery, Hayfield.

Funeral Home: Czaplewski Family Funeral Home, Hayfield.

Dorothy M. DeBoer, 73

Dorothy Marie DeBoer, age 73, of Lyle, Minn. died Wednesday morning, Dec. 4, 2002 at her home.

She was born Nov. 29, 1929, in Claremont, Minn. to Clifford and Esther (Thompson) Higgins. She attended school in Elkton and married Kenneth DeBoer on Aug. 9, 1948 in Spring Valley.

Dorothy was president of AAL Branch #5583 and a member of Six Mile Grove Lutheran Church where she belonged to Naomi Circle. She served on the Lyle School Board for 20 years and had been a Lyle City Council member for the past five years and treasurer of the Lyle EDA. Dorothy was a waitress at the Diamond Lunch Caf and Copper Kettle Caf and worked at the Lyle Liquor Store. She started working for the Post Office as a Post Office rural route carrier in 1968, transferred to the Rochester Mail Station, sorting mail and in 1980 became Postmaster in Lyle, retiring in 1996 after 30 years of service.

Dorothy was a loving mother and grandmother who will be sadly missed by her family, many friends and the community of Lyle.

Survivors include daughter, Cheryl (Ed) Cimino of Colorado Springs, Colo.; sons, Wayne DeBoer and Dwight (Diana) DeBoer, both of Lyle; grandchildren, Kris and Ryan Ekle, Dean DeBoer, Weston and Tyler DeBoer; sisters, Katie (Marvin) Pater of Lansing; Ethel Zalky of Ostrander; Nancy Durst of Rochester; Suzie (Terry) Donovan of Plymouth; brothers, Clifford (Becky) Higgins of Aitkin; Richard (Mary) Higgins of Bettendorf, Iowa; Jerry (Sandy) Higgins of Moline, Ill.; many relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and two brothers.

Casket bearers are Steve Johnson, Kris Ekle, Ryan Ekle, Dean DeBoer, Denny Whalen and Jeff Meyer. Honorary Casket bears are Weston and Tyler DeBoer.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7, 2002, at Six Mile Grove Lutheran Church, rural Lyle with the Rev. Lydia Mittag officiating. Interment is at the church cemetery. Friends may call at Worlein Funeral Home from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and at the church one hour before the service at church. Worlein Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the church.