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Page 8 Thursday, April 18, 2013 Oun@news. mn Cleanup day O l U rle5 Ill Melftol'iFLltl at Lake Union Gerald Uerry' Raskie, 72 10 years ago, Cemetery Gerald "Jerry" Raskie died Fri- ing trips to the casino. day, April 5, 2013, at his Litchfield Gerald was preceded in death home. Hewas72. by his grandparents Alexander A memorial service was held and Emma (Anderson) Hess; his at 2 p.m. Monday, April 8, at the parents John and Florence Raskie; Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home brother Glen; sister Kathy; broth- in Litchfield with Pastor Bill Kerr ers-in-law Larry Heyer and Ron- officiating. Visitation was one aid Miller; and step-father-in-law hour prior to the service. Inter- James L. Hansen. ment was in the Lake Ripley Cem- He is survived by his wife Iris etery, of Litchfield; children John (and Gerald "Jerry" John Raskie was Mary) Raskie of Litchfield, Joey born Jan. 13, 1941, in Kingston to (and Paula) Raskie of Katy, Texas, John and Florence (Hess) Raskie. Jeff Raskie of Kansas City, Kan He received his education - in Joan Raskie of Willmar, and James Kingston and was united in mar- (andAnne) Raskie of Maple Grove; riage to Iris Rutkowski in Litch- 11 grandchildren; four great- field May 19, 1961. Gerald worked grandchildren; and sisters Shirley at First District in Litchfield for (and Rodney)Anderson of Nevis, 27 and a half years. He was a mem- Eva Heyer of Park Rapids, and Pam ber of the Litchfield United Meth- (and Daniel) Johanneck of Litch- odist Church. He enjoyed hunting, field; mother-in-law Josie Hansen fishing, woodworking, camping, of Litchfield. traveling, playing cards and tak- Kelly Hartneck, 46 Kelly Hartneck of Buffalo, for- merly of Annandale, died unex- pectedly April 10, 2013, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. He was 46. Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, April 15, at 11 a.m. at Church of St. Francis Xavier in Buffalo. Visitation was from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Peterson Cha- pel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home in St. Michael, with fur- ther visitation at the church Mon- day morning one hour prior to ser- vices. Kelly was born March 17, 1967. He graduated from Cooper High School in Robbinsdale. Kelly worked in home con- struction for many years, and most recently in real estate. Kelly's love for life and generous Annual plant sale postponed spirit was felt by all his loved ones. He will be deeply missed! Kelly is survived by parents Roger and Dar Hartneck of Maple Lake, and Karen Hartneck of Crys- tal; children Kyle and Michael Horton of Kimball, and K.J. Hart- neck of Buffalo; siblings Dori (and Ed) Slicer of Buffalo, Brad of St. Michael, and Ryan (and Cassie) Hartneck of Crystal; four nieces and two nephews. St. Cloud Hospital NICU celebrates 25 years Celebrate a quarter century of outstanding care for the tiniest and sickest of infants at our NICU reunion from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, May 5, in the St. Cloud Hospital Conference Center. If your child stayed in our NICU, join us for chil- dren's activities, refreshments, vis- St. John's Lutheran Church of iting with staff and construction Kimball is postponing its annual updates on our new NICU with all- plant sale scheduled for Saturday, private rooms scheduled to open May 11. It is rescheduled for the this summer. For more informa- Spring of 2014. tion, please call (320) 229-5139. In loving memory of Andy Westrup who passed away April 22, 2003. He Only Takes The Best A heart of gold stopped beating, Two shining eyes at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us He only takes the best. Little did we know that morning The sorrow the day would bring. The end was sudden, the shock severe. We never knew that death was so near. When days are sad and lonely And evening shadows fall, We hear your voice and see your face. Your sweet memory lingers on. God knew you had to leave us. But you didn't go alone. For part of us went with you The day God called you home. Sadly missed by your wife Jane, and Keith, Kim, Karl, Kevin and their families. Kathy, Kurtis, Crow River Conference Women April 27 To hear about Malaria Campaign will be the guest speaker. Under The Spring Gathering of theher leadership, the ELCA Malaria Crow River Conference WomenCampaign was successfully of the ELCA will be held Satur- launched and is expected to raise day morning, April 27, at Bethel $15 million by 2015 in the fight Lutheran Church, Lester Prairie. against malaria in Africa. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. For tickets to the event, contact followed by brunch, special music, Pat Johnson at (320) 286-2018. a business meeting and election of Joyce Burgstaler, president officers. Pastor Andrea DeGroot- Crow River Conference Women Nesdahl, ELCA Synod Minister, A cleanup day is planned at Lake Union Cemetery for Wednesday, April 24, starting around 5 p.m Old Eden Lake View obituaries, guestbooks and videos on-line Kimball (320) 398-5055 Cemetery Assoc. meets April 29 The annual meeting of the Old Eden Lake Cemetery Associa- tion will be held at 7 p.m. Monday night, April 29, at the Eden Valley Church of God. Kimball Cemetery annual meetin8 The 2013 annual meeting of the Kimball Cemetery Corpora- tion will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in the Kimball City Hall. If you have loved ones interred or own gravesites in Kimball Cemetery, you are encouraged to attend. There are fees to consider and decisions to be made that require your attendance. Maine Prairie Cemetery Clean-up May 2 The Maine Prairie Cemetery will have a clean-up and work- time Thursday, May 2, starting at 5 p.m. Any help would be appreci- ated. In case of inclimate weather, it will be held Thursday, May 9, at5p.m. Lake Union Covenant installs new pastor Eric, Austin, Aaron, and Phoebe Marx started the by Phoebe's Aunt Mary and the congregation and by Jean Doran Matua. By Jean Doran Matua, Editor It wasn't too long ago that Lake Union Evangelical Covenant Church in rural South Haven was at a crossroads. Their congrega- tion was aging, and dwindling. Their old building was aging too, and there didn't seem to be much hope for the funds to repair or build something new. But it seems God wasn't fin- ished with the work of Lake Union Church. As the church approached its 100th anniversary (in 2006), the Kimball Area congregation rallied, young fam- ilies joined the church, and the Emergency [ decision was made to build a new Food Shelf~L~~l church building and hall, adja- Inc. cent to the old. Families and indi- viduals took on the challenge, St. Anne's Church in Kimball [ and funds appeared for the proj- io a nT ,;s: ursTlll ect. This was about the time Lloyd Melvie became the pastor. The groundbreaking for the month: 5:30-6:30 p.m. ! new church building took place tel. (320) 398-2211 I not long after the deaths of two For after-hours emergencies, I I of the individuals who had led call one of the area churches. ] the charge: Ron Strand and Lowell Olson. It was a bittersweet ceremony that icy morning. In short order, the building was completed with a beautiful new sanctuary, fellowship hall, kitchen, and rest rooms. Pastor Lloyd Melvie, a retired international airline pilot in his first career, had been thinking about retiring (again). Meanwhile, Eric Marx and his family had moved to Missoula, Mont to pursue interests that didn't pan out. They were invited by Eric's wife Phoebe's aunt, Mary Johnson of Kimball, to come and stay with her while they figure out their next step. Eight months ago, the Marx family moved to Kim- ball. Melvie retired, with Marx fill- ing in as interim pastor since Jan- uary. Marx had left Montana with- out a call to a new church or ser- vice. "God put this together," he commented. He feels the church is poised to grow, and he looks for- ward to what God has in store for them all. Melvie noted the hand of God in the timing of this transition. "It's interesting to look back and see how God's hand is evident here," said Melvie. He explained that Mary Johnson's invitation to the Marxes to stay with her, at the same time that he was thinking of retirement, was God's way of say- ing it's okay to retire. "God has a way of blessing us that we don't always understand," he said, add- ing, "But are we willing to listen?" In a special service Sun- day, April 14, Marx was officially installed as Pastor of Lake Union Covenant Church. Rev. Mark Stomberg, the Northwest Confer- ence Superintendent of the Cove- nant Church, gave a sermon about the prophet Elijah's mantle pass- ing on to Elisha when Elijah was Check daily for new stories at (obituaries are posted as we receive them) www.tricou ntynews. M N lunch line, followed friends. Staff photo whisked to heaven on a fiery char- iot. Passing that mantle is impor- tant and somewhat daunting, but the congregation has resonsibili- ties too. Members of the congregation presented gifts to Pastor Marx: a Bible; a pitcher of water, symbol- izing baptism; bread and wine, representing the sharing of Holy Communion; oil, representing God's healing; and the keys to the doors of the church. Church chairman Wally Strand officially welcomed Marx as Pas- tor of the church. A lovely dinner followed the service, with plenty of time for fel- lowship with the new pastor and his family. Eric and Phoebe Marx have three sons, the youngest two of whom live with them in Kimball and were at the service Sunday. Alex, 22, is in the Air Force and was recently married; Aaron is 20; and Austin just turned 17 and is a sophomore at Kimball Area High School.