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Toivo &apos;Bill' Kotila, 84 Toivo "Bill" Kotila, a resident of the Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Sauk Rapids died Monday, Sept. 6, 2010. He was 84. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 10, at Our Sav- ior's Lutheran Church in French Lake, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment was in Riverside Cemetery in French Lake. Toivo William (Bill) Kotila was born Aug. 11, 1926, to William and Hilja Kotila. He was a life-long resident of the Cokato area. He was a farmer for many years and later operated a landfill/garbage business. He enjoyed hunting and fishing as a recreation. After moving to Swan Lake, fishing was a daily occasion. Toivo (Bill) was preceded in death by his parents William and Hilja Kotila; sister and brother- in-law Sally and George Mann; and great-granddaughter Neveah Stouffer. He is survived by his wife Alyce Kotila of Kimball; children Ellyn (and Mike) Guerre-Hannan, Larry (and Gloria) Kotila, Maryln Hunt, Betty (and Roland) Jurgens, Jerry Kotila, Cheryl (and Mike) Wat- son, Darrel (and Kathy) Kotila, Bonnie Kotila, Brenda Stouffer, Diana Hentges, and Terry Kotila; 28 grandchildren, and 26 great- grandchildren. Arrangements were by Swan- son Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato. Dr. Marjorie Ramsey, 89 Dr. Marjorie Ramsey died Aug. 15, 2010, in Nashville, Tenn. She was 89. A memorial service was held in Nashville Aug. 21. A private family memorial was Saturday, Sept. 11, at Bailey Station Cemetery in Big Lake, Minn. Marjorie Elizabeth Ramsey was born May 25, 1921, on a farm outside Kimball to William and Emma (Ryti) Leppa. As:a Finn- ish Minnesota farm girl, she had a restless spirit and was a seeker of challenges. Dr. Ramsey set high goals and influenced many lives. Throughout a career in pro- fessional education (her field was education, especially early child- hood education), which spanned 50 years, from one-room schools in Minnesota, to principalship and supervisory positions; university dean and professor, Dr. Bamsey sought to improve education at all levels. Public schools in Min- nesota, St. Cloud State University, Illinois State University, Mont- gomery County, Md., Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, Kent State University, and Georgia Southwestern were served. Recognition came through authorship of four professional texts, a Ford Fellowship for doe- toral study, "Who's Who in Amer- ican Education," "Who's Who in American Women," "Leaders in Education," and Phi Delta Kappa Leadership Award. Involvement in faculty lec- ture tours and student/faculty exchange in China and Taiwan offered further challenge. Research in language devel- opment, the expressive arts, Church Obit. Laverne Scheeler, 91 Laverne Scheeler of Kimball died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, at Cardinal Cottage of the Memory Loss Unit, Annandale Care Center. She was 91. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept, 17, at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Kimball with'Fr. Thomas Olson officiating. Friends .may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Ding- mann Funeral Care Chapel in Kimball, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Parish Prayers will be 5 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Anne's Catholic Cemetery. Laverne Magdalena Scheeler Thursday, September 16, 2010 Tri-CountY  Ostmark has new pastor Ostmark Lutheran Church (ELCA) of Rural Watkins has a new pastor, Joseph E. Midthun. The Sunday morning schedule for Ostmark now is 8:30 a.m. Sun- day morning worship and Sunday School is at 9:45 a.m. The location is 32721 680th Ave., Watkins (320) 693-8450 Tom Mathies receives award Sheriff Jeff Norlin is pleased to announce that the Minnesota State Sheriff's Association has selected Meeker County Sheriff's Office Vol- unteer Tom Mathies as the 2010 Burial a.d Cremation Services View obituaries, guestbooks and videos on-line Kimball (320) 398-5055 music, and early childhood edu- cation provided a base for work- shops, seminars, lectures and pro- fessional papers throughout the United States. After retirement and going to Memphis, Dr. Ramsey's interests encompassed Wonders Series Vol- unteer, MIFA-RSVP Board, The American Association of Univer- sity Women, Mid South Writers, and Great Books Group. Marjorie Ramsey was preceded in death by a son in infancy. She is survived by two step- daughters Rebecca Ramsey Lin- drose of Denton, Texas, and Cyn- thia Ramsey Despot of Nash- ville; two sisters Dorothy V. Brod- nax of Memphis, and Mary Anne Grimmell of Elk River, Minn.; four nephews, two nieces and four step-grandchildren. Remembrances may be made to Heifer International of Little Rock, The Carter Center of Atlanta, or St. Jude Children's Hospital of Memphis. was born Feb. 9, 1919, to Joseph and Hedwig (Kiess) Feneis in Rock- ville Township, Stearns County. She married Jerome Scheeler June 15, 1944, at St. Wendelin Catholic Church in Luxemburg. Jerome died Oct. 18, 2007. She was a homemaker and enjoyed playing cards and games, gardening, baking, and making rugs. She was a member of St. Anne's Church, Catholic Aid Association, and Royal Neighbors of America. Laverne was preceded in death by her husband Jerome, three brothers and six sisters. She is survived by her seven children: Pat (and Duane) Mares of Watkins, Dianne (and Bruce) Rob- inson of Kimball, Alice Scheeler of Kimball, Lloyd (and Deanna) Scheeler of Kimball, Joyce (and Chuck) Kuechle of Kimball, Janet (and Jim) Thurber of Annandale, and Bonnie (and Don) Thurber of Kimball; brother Joe (and Jean) Feneis of St. Cloud, sister Donna (and Elmer) Eisenschenk of Cold Spring; 18 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and also her special family and staff of Cardi- nal Cottage. Pallbearers will be Duane Mares, Bruce Robinson, Deanna Scheeler, Chuck Kuechle, Jim Thurber, and Don Thurber. Pedal Pilgrimage Oct. 22 St. Gertrude's in Forest City is sponsoring a Pedal Pilgrimage to the St. Benedict's Monastery in St. Joseph, Friday, Oct. 22, of MEA weekend. The -pedal pilgrimage is a prayerful 30-,mile bike tour from St. Gertrude s in Forest City to St. Joseph. The route follows along CSAH 2, stopping for prayer at Watkins, St. Nicholas, Cold Spring and Jacobs Prairie, culminating by joining the Sisters of St. Benedict's Monastery for evening prayer at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at the Monastery. While the prayer will reflect the Roman Catholic tradition, this pil- grimage is open to people of all faith traditions. If St. Gertrude's is contacted by Oct. 15, arrange- ments can be made for bikes and biker to get back to Forest City. Without prearrangement, pil- grims are responsible for getting home once at St. loseph. Registration: Pilgrims may pre- register by e-mail to St. Gertrude's <> with Pedal Pilgrimage in the subject line. Registration becomes official when a signed registration and lia- bility waiver form is accepted with a $30 fee. (Includes T-shirt, and dinner at the Monastery). Oct. 22 is Education Minne- sota (MEA) weekend. The Pilgrim- age starts 10 a.m. With prayer in St. Gertrude's Church 31608 650th Ave. Litchfield, Minn. Lutheran Social Service seeks adoptive parents Lutheran Social Service of Min- nesota Adoption: Join us to learn about exciting opporttmities and changes in adoption. Discover the tools and support for families who would like a flexible, proactive adoption process, and leam how LSS can parmer with you to grow your family. LSS can help families adopt chil- dren locally and from countries around the world. The adoption information meet- ing will be held 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, at Atonement Lutheran Church, located at 1144 29th Ave- nue North, St. Cloud. Call Lynne Haggar at (612) 879- 5230, or (888) 205-3769 to register. For more information, or to regis- ter online, visit <www.minnesota>. Volunteer of the Year Award Winner. Sheriff Norlin says that Mathies actually has a lifetime of service to his communities from serving in the U.S. Army in Vietnam in 1966- 67, to 25 years on the Eden Val- ley Fire Department and Rescue Squad, and various positions at his local church. "Specifically. this award is not only for Tom's years of volunteer service in the Meeker County Jail in crisis counseling, ministering, and support group meetings," Sher- iff Norlin said, "it goes well beyond Meeker County to seven different counties, three different prisons and covers nearly 20 years of ser- vice in programs such as (incarcer- ated) Residents Encounter Christ (REC) program, starting the Let's Talk support group in Morrison County, and helping with many other programs." Sheriff Norlin said th fl.o his many years of service to md- tiple correctional facilities Tom Mathies has been an instrumen, tal part influencing many mea,ant women to make positi,cechange and is proud for him in receiving this award in acknowledgment of this. Tom Mathies will receive his award from the Minnesota Sheriffs Association at an awards ceremony in Brainerd Thursday, Sept. 16. Kimball Area  I Emergency "00IIRB I Food Shelf l I Inc. St. Anne's Church in Kimball 10 - 10:45 a.m. l'uem./Thure. Also ope. 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, Amenities to meet your needs: per day & snacks C(Iee Scheduled exercise and actMtles Church activities, Hospice: & Respite Including mass 3 times/too. Care Available, Housekeeping/laundry services Medication services with LPN/RN services available 24 hours per day l00eHtage House of Kimball Assisted Living at its Finest IV'I't'iV'A i][:l tl | ('-I* [ i Ill t t:i=Iil l lil I lit[lliil irmatio.: or Kim