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i PI&apos;-" "" Il_,lq4e..l_ ' I'1_!L Thursday, February 26, 2009 6 g Ul   U][lt, Tri-Coun News Kimball, MN James Ashfeld, infant James Ashfeld, infant son of Keith and Kelli Ashfeld, died unex- pectedly Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009, at their Watkins home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Ertl Funeral Home in Watkins with Fr. John Brunner officiating. Inter- ment will follow in the St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Watkins. Friends may call one hour prior to services Thursday at the funeral home. James David Ashfeld was born Jan. 9, 2009, in Paynesville. He is survived by his parents Keith and Kelli Ashfeld of Watkins; brothers and sisters Ariana, Mad- dison, Amber and Conner, all of Watkins; grandparents Leonard Ashfeld of Watkins, Dan and Diane Thielen of Eden Valley, and Susan and Larry Edinger of Eden Valley; great-grandparents Alphonse and Marie Thielen of Eden Valley, and Helen Pessek of Glencoe; many aunts, uncles and cousins. Alfred Donnay, 85 Alfred Donnay of Watldns died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009, at the Hill- top Care Center in Watldns. He was 85. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 23, at the St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins with Fr. John Brunner and Fr. Ray Donnay officiating. Interment followed in the parish cemetery. Alfred Donnay was born March 3, 1923, in Watkins to Jacob and Elizabeth (Loch) Donnay. He mar- ried Iris Thiele May 4, 1948, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Wat- kins. He farmed in Watkins until his retirement in 1984. Alfred was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Wat- ldns, and he was active with the Catholic Order of Foresters and the Knights of Columbus. He was a Eucharistic minister to shut-ins and was a church usher for many years. Alfred was also a member of the Watldns Senior Citizens. His hob- bies included fishing, playing cards, and bird-watching. He especially enjoyed the outdoors and spending time at his daughter Shirley's lake home. Alfred was preceded in death by his parents; children Lisa Donnay in infancy, and Eugene Donnay in 2007; brothers Eugene Donnay as a child, and Gilbert Donnay. He is survived by his wife Iris; children Shirley (and Steve) Hill of Annandale, David (and Roxanne) Donnay of Waite Park, Mary (and Dan) Evans of St. Cloud, Barb (and Tom) Merdan of Shakopee, Larry (and Mary) Donnay of St. Augusta, Scott (and Kathy) Donnay of Mid- dleburg, Fla., Todd (and Nicole) Donnay of Rockville; 14 grand- children, 17 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters Fr. Ray Don- nay of Little Falls, Sr. Emily Don- nay of Little Falls, Rita Molitor of St. Cloud, Florian (and Rosie) Don- nay of Kimball, Clara (and Kenny) Mauer of St. Cloud, Charles (and Anne) Donnay of St. Cloud, Robert (and Ethel) Donnay of Kimball; and many nieces and nephews. Casketbearers were Chos Hill, Ryan Hill, Steve Hill, Chad Don- nay, Derek Merdan, Tom Merdan, and Dan Evans. Music was by Mary Streit and the St. Anthony choir. Arrangements were by Erfl Funeral Home in Watkins. I D00'ng00.nj BLlal ,ad Cre, mation Srvtces View obituaries, guestbooks and videos on-line Kimball * (320) 398-5055 Kimball Area . Emergency #od She St, Anne's Church in Kimball 10 - 10:45 a.m. Tues./Thurs. Also open 2nd Monday of the month: 5:30-6:30 p.m. tel. 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The hard-working, award-win- ning homebuilder first devel- oped large tracts of farm land in the south-metro suburb, where he built hundreds of houses and con- tinued the legacy of his grandfa- ther, who had built houses and barns in rural central and western Minnesota. From the 1940s through the 1960s, Vern Donnay spearheaded some of the first housing develop- ments in several Twin Cities sub- urbs, including Richfield, Fridley, Brooklyn Park, Lakeville, Blaine and Apple Valley. He built "cute square houses" for soldiers return- ing from World War II and looking to experience the American dream of home ownership, said his wife, Gloria, of Mound. "He was proud of all of them," she said. "He liked driving through the neighborhoods and was pleased because the homes he built were never for sale. He figured people liked their little houses." Donnay, who also developed strip malls in Eden Prairie, died Feb 15 at his home in Mound from congestive heart failure. He was 87. Donnay was born in 1922 in Austin, Minn. He developed his love for homebuilding working with his grandfather while he grew up in the Minnesota towns of Kim- ball and Watkins. After graduating from Kimball High School, Don- nay served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946, the fam- ily said. He returned from duty and took over as president and owner of what is believed to be Minnesota's oldest family-run homebuilding business. He retired in the early 1990s and his son Paul took over. Donnay was one of the origi- nal members of the Builders Asso- ciation of the Twin Cities, founded in 1948 by a small group of build- ers with the goal of increasing the professionalism and quality of the homebuilding industry. Dur- ing the annual Parade of Homes, he regularly won Reggie Awards, which recognize outstanding construction, quality, design and value. He also was a member of the National Association of Home Builders. Along with building houses, Donnay had a passion for the out- doors, his wife said. He liked to hunt geese and go on fishing trips to Canada. He also enjoyed boat- ing on Lake Minnetonka and the St. Croix River, and liked deep sea fishing in Florida, where he spent winters in his later years, she said. In addition to his wife, Gloria, and son Paul, Donnay is survived by another son, Adam Isaacson of Burnsville, and sisters Mary Lou- ise Benson of Clarkston, Mich., and Helen Rowland of Blooming- ton. Services have been held. Sometimes motivation is forced upon us. We are thrust into the Un-comfort Zone: And, whether we sink or swim depends on how we respond to the situation. How do you react during a crisis? Here are the stories of two men who faced a crisis late in life and how they dealt with it. One was a restaurant owner; the other a jan- itor. The former went into bank- ruptcy at an age when most people retire, and the latter was fired from a job he'd had for nearly 20 years. The restaurant owner enjoyed a successful business in a small town at the edge of the Appala- chian Mountains. It was a.great location aloig busy U.S. Route 25. And, because he offered the best food and service around, his eat- ery was jammed from sunup to sundown. But it wasn't to last. The janitor started his job at St. Peter's Church in London as a teen- ager. Over the years he married and raised a family and enjoyed a per- fectly predictable profession with solid job security. That is until the new vicar came along. Over the course of 26 years, he was honored by the state governor for his recipes; and was praised by famous restaurant critic, Duncan Hines, in his column Adventures in Good Eating. Then in 1956, the new super highway by-passed the TIlE UN-CO00FGRT ZONE with Robert Evans Wilson, Jr. : Will you freak out, or hunker down? little town. It's amazing the dif- ference just a few miles can make. Two years later the restaurant was closed and the property auctioned offto pay creditors. At 64 years old, the restaurant owner was broke. It was around the turn of the twentieth century when the new vicar, a stickler for decorum, took over St. Peter's Church. When he learned that the janitor could not read, he gave him three months in which to learn. Quite depressed by the news, the man thought it might make him feel better if he smoked a cigarette. Unable to afford the cost of opening another restaurant closer to the highway, he reviewed his assets. All he had left was his knowledge and the delicious reci- pes that made his food so popular. So, he got into his car. As he walked home, the jani- tor searched for a tobacco shop. There was usually one on every block, but there were none near the church. He walked block after block without finding one. By the time he reached his house he knew exactly what he was going to do. Townby town, he drove, stop- ping at every restaurant along the way. He told the owners they would be more successful if they served his secret recipes under his brand name and paid him a roy- alty. Two years later, in 1960, he had 400 restaurants serving his food. By 1963 he was making a profit of $300,000 per year. And, in 1964, Colonel Harlan Sanders sold Kentucky Fried Chicken to inves- tors for $2 million, plus a lifetime salary of $75,000 per year. With his meager savings, he opened a tobacco shop near the church. It was an immediate suc- cess. His profits went to open a second, then a third and before long he had thriving tobacco shops all over London. Ten years later, he met with his banker about investing his earnings. The banker gave him some papers to sign. The man asked the banker to read the papers to him, explaining that he didn't know how. Shocked, the banker exclaimed, "You are so successful, just think where you'd be today if you could read!" Albert Edward Foreman smiled and sighed, "I'd be the janitor at St. Peter's Church." (Based on a true story bySomerset Maugham.) Did you know that in Chinese, the symbol for the word "crisis" is the same symbol used for the word "opportunity?" Two sides of the same coin. In other words, it's all in our perspective. Will you find the opportunity in your next cri- sis? Robert Evans Wilson, Jr. is a motiva- tional speaker and humorist. He works with companies that want to be more competitive and with people who want to think like innovators. For more infor- mation on Robert's programs please visit <www.jumpstartyourmeeting. corn>. Respect ' Peace House of Kimball Assisted Living at its Finest Ammenities to meet your needs: 3 meals per day & snacks Scheduled activities Church activities Housekeeping Laundry services Medication services with LPN and RN services available 24 hours per day For more information call Quast LPN/Mana er 643