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t O rlrta Thursday, February 10, 2011 ball, MN Obituaries Ardyce Alman, 72 Ardyce Alman, formerly of the Fair Haven/Kimball area, died at her Columbia Heights home Friday, Jan. 28, 2011. She was 72. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Columbia Heights with Pastor Wil- liam Hugo officiating. Interment followed at Hillside Cemetery in Minneapolis. Friends called from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday evening at the church and one hour before the service at the church. Ardyce Irene Alman was born April 5, 1938, in Fair Haven Town- ship to Ernest and Irene (Seutter) Miller. She graduated from Kim- ball High School in 1956. Nov. 14, 1959, Ardyce married Albert Alman; he preceded her in death Jan. 16, 2008. They lived in Colum- bia Heights most of their married life. She worked at Crestview Nurs- ing Home for many years. She was very active in her church in Bible studies, prayer groups, quilting, knitting, and stamping, to name just a few of her interests. Ardyce was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband. John Robasse, 73 John Alfred Robasse of Buf- falo, Minnesota, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 73. Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, at the Peterson Chapel, 119 Central Ave. in Buf- falo, with a rosary service at 7 p_m. vurttx~r vi~it~&igH WO.~ 0~t~UI~ from 10 a.m. until the time of ser- vice at the church. Burial was in St. Francis Catholic Cemetery. John Alfred Robasse was born in Buffalo Aug. 16, 1937, to Lawrence and Georgiana (Provo) Robasse. He lived most of his life in the Buf- falo area and graduated from Buf- falo High School before honorably serving his country in the United States Air Force from 1954 to 1958. After returning from the service, he married Juanita "Nita" Hoke, and God blessed their marriage with five children. John was a mem- ber of St. Ignatius Catholic Church for many years before becoming a She is survived by her children Wendy Alman, Tom (and Debbie) Alman, and Amy (and Tom) Rogers; seven grandchildren and two great- grandchildren; brother Allen (and Blanche) Miller; nieces, nephews, and other family and friends. Pallbearers were Noah Alman, Micah Alman, Tom Alman, Jamie Miller, Jack Miller, Robert Miller, and Joshua Rogers. Arrangements were by Methven-Taylor Funeral Home in Columbia Heights. member of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Buffalo. He was a member of the dale; brother-in-law Lawrence Ernest Ecker, 91 Ernest E Ecker of Kimball died member of Zion United Method- Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, at Heritage ist Church, a former member of the House in Kimball. He was 91. Kimball School Board, and Kings- Funeral services will be held at ton Creamery Board. He enjoyed 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at Zion farming, old tractors, and his pets, United Methodist Church in South friends, family and grandchildren. Haven with Rev. Luke C. Nelson He was preceded in death by an officiating. Friends may call from infant brother Clarence, brother 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the Dingmann Elmer, and sister HI Leppa. Funeral Care Chapel in Kimball, He is survived by his wife Ruth and at the church one hour prior to of Kimball; children Karen Lawson services Friday. Burial will follow at of France, Randy of Maple Grove, Zion Cemetery in South Haven. Robert of Estes Park, Colo., Richard Ernest Frank Ecker was born (and Dory)of Kimball; sister May- June 8, 1919, in Kingston Town- mie Ecker of Kimball; sister-in-law ship, Meeker County to Frank and Veronica Ecker of New Munich; Emma (Steinberg) Ecker. He was seven grandchildren Sarah Jor- a 1937 graduate of Litchfield High .genson, Rachael Walker, Jeremy School. He married Ruth Esther Ecker, Emily, Andy, Elissa, and Ali- Leppa Oct. 27, 1945, in Minneapo- son Ecker, six great-grandchildren lis. For 47 years he farmed south of Zach, Brynne, Wilson, Claudia, Kimball, retiring in 1984. He was a Dominic, and Ella Mae; and many nieces and nephews. The pallbearers will be the seven grandchildren. Memorials are preferred to Zion United Methodist Church. Hello from your Early Education programs By Maggie Lundorff We have been very busy in the ECFE program. Our winter ses- sion is ending as we speak, and we are starting the spring session. Does that sound great or what? The weather this week notwith- standing, we are optimistic that soon we will be creating butter- flies, arranging flowers, and look- ing for bugs. Our classes are going well. Tod- dler age and mixed-age classes are full (over full?) but we do have room in the Let's Learn classes for this spring. Our kids are grow- ing up before our eyes in this class. Most are attempting to write their names (lots of circles so far) and are selecting more aca- demic centers to complete with parents in class. We do have one class that takes the award for the most enthusiastic musical group you now you maybe for 10 years. What a joy to hear kid's voices. Kindergarten Olympics will be held at Kimball Elementary School 8:30-8 p.m. Monday, March 14, and up for Kindergarten Olympics when your child came to Early Childhood Screening this year, just give us a call and we'll sign you up. Registra- tion is necessary because we don't w~nt to ruu out ot prm~ tot ~il or- the kids. Our final Early Childhood ScreeningtookplaceinEV-WFeb. 4. Kimball has one more session April 1. If your child is over 3-1/2, and you have not taken this oppor- tunity, please call your elementary school to schedule a screening. This is a time to get a 'snapshot' of your child's development in the middle of the preschool years. It is an inter- esting process for kids and parents alike. Often parents are surprised by what a kid knows. Sometimes concerns come up in screening and this allows a conversation to begin about support for that kiddo. This can be simply an "off day" and John (and Heidi) Robasse of Watkins Elementary 6:30-8 p.m. Barstow, Calif.; son-in-law Joe Tuesday, March 15. This is an eve- Biscarro of McKinney, Texas;ningwhenkidsage3-l/2to4-1/2and 12 grandchildren; and 19 great- their parents can come to school to grandchildren; brothers and sis- try some school skills. Each station ters Ernie (and Sharon) Robasse of is set up to help parents to see what Oakdale, Barb (and Jack) Desma- development will be happening rais ofFestus, Mo., KarenAndreas next as kids approach school age. of Sartell, Mary (and Doug) Jones The title leads one to believe that of Sandstone, Art Robasse ofkids compete, but that is simply not St. Cloud, Steve Robasse of Annan- true. Everyone gets a prize at each dale, Dave (and Linda) Robasse of skill area. The skill areas include Buffalo, and Pat Robasse of Annan- mathematical thinking, language South Haven Sportsman's Club, and "Sonny" Ramthun of Big Lake; and enjoyed fishing, snowmobiling and playing cards. John was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Kathy Bis- carro; son Mike Robasse; broth- ers Roy, Bill and Dick Robasse; sis- ters Dorothy Ramthun and Dolo- res O'Flanagan; and brother-in- Campbell, Elixa Gallardo, Mandy law John"Jack" O'Flanagan. Brown, Chrystal Wyman, Jamie He is survived by his loving Overman, Sascha Klick, John D. wife Juanita Robasse of Buffalo; Robasse, and Nick Robasse. children Michelle (and Ralph) Atlohn'srequest, inlieuofflow- Marquette of Canyon, Terry (and ers, donations can be made to the Frank) Wyman of Lake Crystal, VA Hospital in Minneapolis. 8~rtal and Cremation Services View obituaries, guestbooks and Wdeos on-line and literacy, gross (large)motor and when the screening is done, but fine motor. The parents get a book- also could be something the par- sister-in-law Lisa Robasse of North let identifying state readiness signs eat may or may not have noticed. St. Paul. for Kindergarten. We know that it's We txy to work with the family at Casket bearers were Clyde a year or two before these tykes get Check daily for new Marquette, Frank Wyman, Jesse to leave the nest, but this is a good Wyman, Paul Overman, Randitime to be aware of what 'getting (obituaries are posted as we Robasse, and Chris Robasse. Hon- ready' looks like. If you did not sign orary casket bearers were Matt W ww.t r i c o u n ty n more Now offering RESPITE CARE Kimball Area Emergency Food 1 Inc. Kimball (320) 398-5055 St. Anne's Church in Kimball i ............................................................................................................... Also open 2nd Monday of the month: 5:30-6:30 p.m. tel. (320) 398-2211 For after-hours emergencies, call one of the'area churches. this point to give support for what- ever intervention is decided upon. A family education class, preschool, speech support are common refer- rals. Our goal in the district is to ~r~tl ~lliKtr~n D~tor~ ttl~;y tLtIn "i years old. Our summer program for fami- lies is in the works. Summer Animals is the theme this year. This is a won- defful time to introduce school to your preschool child. This is a mixed age group, so the whole family can attend, lenny Moe will be teaching the class with me again this year. It's great to have kids get to know their preschool teacher (for EV-W district) and be a student in the room they most likely will be in for preschool. Kimball will meet 9-11 a.m. on Tuesdays in June. EV-W will meet in Watkins 9-11 a.m. Thursdays. We are also planning to have an outreach cIass in the Eden Valley Mobile Home Park on Thursdays from 12:15-1:15 p.m. Watch for more information. stories at receive them) ews.MN Ammenitles to m~t your needs: 3 meals per day & snacks Scheduled exercise and activities Church activities, including mass 3 times/mo. 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