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P 6 Church Joseph Fleischhacker, 56 Joseph Fleischhacker of Wat- kins died Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011, at the Hilltop Care Center in Watkins. He was 56. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 22, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins with Fr. John Fleischhacker officiating. Visi- tation was 4-8 p.m. Sunday, and 9-10 a.m. Monday at Ertl Funeral Home in Watkins. Parish Rosary was Sunday at 4 p.m. followed by Parish Prayers at 8 p.m. at the funeral ~home. Interment was in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Watkins. Joseph J. Fleischhacker was born July 4, 1955, in St. Cloud to Richard and Clotilda (Kakhoff) Fleischhacker. Joe was united i.n marriage to Karen Kohnen Oct. 28, 1978;at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Roscoe, Minn. They lived in Watkins and Joe was employed by R.M. Johnson in Annandale for 22 years and was plant manager until health difficulties forced him to retire. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins. His hobbies included motorcycling, hunting and fish- ing. Joe especially enjoyed spend- ing time at his hunting land up north. Joe was preceded in death by his grandparents Joseph and Anna Fleischhacker, and John and Ger- trude Kalthoff; and his mother Clotilda Fleischhacker. survived by his wife Karen Fleischhacker of Watkins, father and step-mother Richard and Eileen Fleischhacker of St. Martin; brothers and sisters Ruth (and Jim) Hormann of Paynesville, Dennis (and Charlene) Fleischhacker of Richmond, Karen (and Joe) Becker of Eden Valley, Donna (and John) Porter of Puyallup; Wash., and John Fleischhacker of Eden Valley; step-brothers and step-sister Tom Van Nurden, Jr. of Ludowici, Ga., Bill Van Nurden of Hanover, Md. and Joanne Hatten of Sauk Rapids. Casket bearers were Donnie Kohnen Jerry Schmit, Scott Able, Sherman Gross, Eric Schwartz, Steve Windroth, and Ronny Oster. Honorary casket bearers were Katie Bechtold, Katie Jarmon, D.J. Kohnen, Kayla Fleischhacker~ Alicia Jones, and Angela Fleis- chhacker-Williams. The 2011 Pedal Pilgrimage Monday, Afig. 15, was blessed with favorable biking weather. Eleven bi-cyclists made the 20-mile jour- ney through rolling farm coun- try from St. Gertrude's Church in Forest City to Chapel Hill in Cold Spring. The Pedal Pilgrimage is a combination spiritua| and phys- ical exercise. The prayer-stops at churches along the way reflect the Catholic tradition, but the ride is open to all people of good will. A variety of people joined the , ride this year. Some pilgrims went horoe once they reached Cha- pel Hill and toured the Grasshop- per Chapel. Others stayed for the annual Mass celebrated on the hill that evening. Still other pilgrims stayed for a pizza dinner at Mar- nanteli's in Cold Spring, then had their bikes hauled back to their vehicles in Forest City. St. Gertrude's also sponsors an MEA weekend Pedal Pilgrimage. This year's ride will be around the City of New Ulm starting at 2 p.m. Saturday Oct. 22, meeting at the Holy Trinity Cathedral. To get a registration form, Google "St. Ger- trude's of Forest City." Pictured on steps of church, participants in the Pedal Pilgrimage of Aug. 15 are in top row, left to right, Mary Levinski, Susan Steuck, and Matthew Holkup. In middle row are Lynn Mergen, Ann Jensen, Phyllis Smith, and Mike McNeil. In front row are Rhonda Kuechle, Becky Haag, and Mary Lou Pivec. Not pictured is Steffanie Joyce. IIIIIIIII D ngmann1 Funeral,,,,,,Ca re :)j=r,-I Ii IIIIIII II gu~la! and Cremation Services View obituaries, guestbooks and videos on-line Kimball (320) 398-5055 Kimball A'(ea Emergency ~~ Food Shelf,. ~-~~ .... inc. St. Anne's Church in Kimball [ io : ioi4s .... 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, Check daily for new stories at (obituaries are posted as we receive them) www.tricou ntynews. M N Pedal Pilgrimage bikers at St. Anthony Church are from left to right, Matthew Holkup, Lynn Mergen, Phyllis Smith, Mary Lou Pivec, Mary Levinski, Becky Haag, Sue Steuck, Stephanie Joyce, Rhonda Kueckle, Mike McNeil and Ann Jensen. Submitted photos. Property tax benefit extended For surviving spouses of disabled veterans A property tax exclusion pro- gram has been extended to five years for the surviving spouses of Minnesota veterans with a per- manent and total disability con- nected to their military service. "We hope this extended bene- fit will help ease the financial bur- den on the families of our disabled heroes in Minnesota," said Larry Shellito, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Veter- ans Affairs. In Minnesota, military veter- ans with permanenL 100 percent service-connected disabilities may receive a value exclusion of up to $300,000 on their homestead for property tax purposes. Previously, the spouse of a qualifying veteran who died could receive the exclu- sion for two years after the veter- an's death. Under this year's tax bill (Chapter 7, sec. 8), that period was extended to five years, or until the spouse remarries, sells or transfers the property. "The families of our Minnesota veterans also pay a price for their service to our nation," said Myron Frans, State Revenue Commis- sioner. "Extending this program --for surviving spouses when a vet- eran dies is one way to show our gratitude for their collective sac- rifice." To receive the exclusion, the surviving spouse must apply for the program through their county assessor and reapply each year. This year, applications are due by Sept. 15 (to receive the exclu- sion for taxes payable in 2012). The deadline is July 1, in future years. Anyone with questions about this program or their eligibility should contact their county asses- sor's office, or their county veter- ans service officers. For more information and an application for this program, visit the Department of Revenue web- site www. taxes.state, ran. us. ~ ~'~'~'~ ............... ~Amenitles to meet your needs , . f-~ }: 3 meals per day & snacks -- ass[,o*gl~]~,e ~.,,a')"e i Scheduled exercise and activities . | Church activities, .......... ....... | including mass 3 times/mo. Housekeeping/laundry services Medication services with LP~/RN services available 24 hours per day House of Kimball- Assisted Living at its Finest