Obituaries for January 30, 2003

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 30, 2003

Victoria F. Shaw, 91

Victoria F. (Sippel) Shaw, 91, of Austin, died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003, at the Adams Nursing Home.

She was born April 12, 1911, in Little Falls, to Joseph and Mary (Kolodgy) Sippel. She grew up in Albert Lea and graduated from St. Theodore's High School.

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On Oct. 14, 1935, she married Robert R. Shaw in Albert Lea. The couple moved to Austin shortly thereafter.

Victoria was a member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church where she was active in the Rosary Society. She was a volunteer at the Philomathian Library. She was an accomplished seamstress, loved to garden, read, listen to music and dance and enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Robert R. Shaw, Austin; son and daughter-in-law, Robert J. and Mary Shaw, Duluth; daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Kellogg, Hastings; Suzanne and Roger Schweich, Hastings; Vicky and Craig Huber, Virginia Beach, Va.; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brother, George Sippel, Austin.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Daniel and Fred Sippel; and sister, Dorothy Sippel.

Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2003, with a 4 p.m. rosary and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

Service: 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Queen of Angels Catholic Church with Father William Becker officiating.

Interment: Calvary Cemetery.

Funeral Home: Mayer Funeral Home, Austin.

Martha Coumbe, 91

Martha Coumbe, 91, of Park Rapids, died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003, at the St. Joseph's Area Health Services, Park Rapids.

She was born Aug. 25, 1911, in Buhl, to Gust and Louise (Wik) Weggum. She grew up and attended school in Nashwauk on the Iron Range. She graduated from St. Olaf College with a degree in physical education.

On June 12, 1936, she married S. L. "Len" Coumbe in Hibbing. They had two children. After living in Long Prairie for a few years, the family moved to Austin where they lived from 1947 until 1994, when they moved to Park Rapids to be near their son. Martha moved to the Heritage Living Center in Park Rapids four years ago.

She was a former member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin and was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids. She enjoyed crocheting, playing bridge and fishing and was an avid sports fan.

Survivors include daughter, Connie (Don) Wilkie, Bloomington; son, John (Jan) Coumbe, Park Rapids; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brothers, John (Rachael) Weggum, Grand Rapids; Per Weggum, Wadena; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and sister, Marie.

Visitation: A reception will be held at the Heritage Living Center following the service.

Service: 1:30 p.m. memorial service Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003, at the Heritage Living Center Chapel in Park Rapids with Rev. Gene B. Broughton officiating.

Interment: Gilbert Cemetery, Gilbert.

Funeral Home: Cease Family Funeral Home, Park Rapids.

Jack L. Rector, 76

Jack Leroy Rector, 76, of Rose Creek, died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003, at Adams Health Care Center, Adams.

He was born March 29, 1926, to Ralph Leroy and Lula Ellen (Wells) Rector in Garden City, where he grew up and was a member of Christian Church. After attending school in Garden City, he went to work for Hormel Foods Corp., then served in the Navy from 1942 until 1945 aboard the USS Price in the North Atlantic. After World War II he returned to work at Hormel Foods where he worked for 40 years. He was married to Willena "Dutch" Kiefer in the 1980s, and she died shortly after. Jack raised veal calves and enjoyed canoeing and air boating.

Survivors include his sister, Dorothy Bartholomew, Rose Creek; brothers, Charles (Dorothy) Rector, Austin; Larry (Carol) Rector, Lyle; Allen (Juanita) Rector, Eagan; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife and his parents.

Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2003, at the funeral home and Saturday at the church for one hour before the service.

Service: 11 a.m. Saturday at Austin Church of Christ with the Rev. David DeFor officiating.

Interment: 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Garden City Cemetery, Garden City.

Funeral Home: Worlein Funeral Home, Austin.

Irene E. Tollerud, 87

Irene Ella Tollerud, 87, of Austin, died Sunday, Jan. 26, 2003, at Austin Medical Center.

She was born June 24, 1915, in Mower County, to Cord John and Ida (Miller) Quast. She attended school in Austin, graduating from Austin High School in 1933. After completing her education, she worked for the Geo. A. Hormel Company for 10 years.

On Aug. 6, 1937, she married Orrin P. Tollerud at the parsonage of St. Olaf Lutheran Church. They lived in Austin, where Irene enjoyed working on crossword puzzles, reading and traveling.

She was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church, the Ladies Circle and the Milwaukee Women's Club. Orrin died Feb. 11, 1988.

Survivors include children, Odin Tollerud, White Bear Lake; Doris (Donald) Sabanish, Maple Park, Ill.; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Anne (Donald) Thompson, Austin; nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Elmer and Erwin "Pop" Quast; and sisters, Helen Meyer, Margaret Wehner, Alvina Hansen and Gladys Haney.

Visitation: Was 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2003, at the funeral home and Thursday at the church for one hour before the service.

Service: Was 10 a.m. today at St. Olaf Lutheran Church with Rev. Kris K. Wee officiating.

Interment: Fairview Cemetery, near Oakland.

Funeral Home: Worlein Funeral Home, Austin.

Therese Halbach, 42

Therese Halbach, 42, of Stacyville, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2003, at her home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003, at Visitation Catholic Church in Stacyville, Iowa with Rev. Mark Reasoner officiating. Burial will be in Visitation Cemetery, Stacyville, Iowa. Visitation will be Friday from 3:30 to 8 p.m. at Visitation Catholic Church with a 3:30 p.m. prayer service and a 7 p.m. rosary. Schroeder & Sites Funeral Home, St. Ansgar is in charge of arrangements.

Therese was born on July 16, 1960, in Osage, Iowa, to Lester and Ann (Runde) Durben.

She graduated from St. Ansgar High School, then completed the floriculture program at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Therese worked at a flower shop in Grinnell, Iowa for three years.

She married Ed Halbach on Sept. 11, 1982 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Meyer, Iowa. Ed and Therese started Ed's Floral, a retail and wholesale plant business, in 1981. In 1986, they opened another full-service retail flower shop in LeRoy, Minn. Therese was a long-time board member of the St. Ansgar Dollars for Scholars. She was respected in the community for countless volunteer hours at the nursing home, fund raisers and civic events. She was active in the Visitation Church Christian Mothers and kept the church beautiful with flowers. Her floral design talents touched many people's lives as did her smile, kindness and compassion. Her personality was an expression of her sincerity. Therese enjoyed gardening, reading, entertaining, and visiting with family and friends. She will be dearly missed by her many close friends and family.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Arthur and Louise Durben; maternal grandparents, Theodore and Pauline Runde; and father-in-law, Jerome Halbach.

Therese is survived by her husband, Ed of Stacyville, Iowa; her parents, Ann and Lester Durben of Meyer, Iowa; three sisters, Sheila Durben of Meyer, Iowa; Brenda Jensen, her husband, Del, and their two children, Ami and Alex, of Plymouth, Minn.; Marlene Weis, her husband, Rob, and their three children, Brittany, Willie and Ben, of Meyer, Iowa. She was also admired and loved by her mother-in-law, Monica Halbach of Stacyville, Iowa; three sisters-in-law, Jeanne Traaseth, her husband, Pete, and daughter, Leah, of Brooklyn Park; Angie Kruger and daughter, Stacey, of St. Ansgar, Iowa; Paula Halbach of Minneapolis; two brothers-in-law, Joe Halbach, his wife, Deb, and their two daughters, Danielle and Jackie, of Coon Rapids; Mark Halbach and his wife, Teresa, of Glenville.