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James “Jim” Robert Schumacher, 35, of Hollandale, died Sunday, January 7, 2018 at his residence.

He was born April 1, 1982 in Albert Lea, Minnesota the son of Kenn and Brenda (Stucky) Schumacher. He grew up on a farm in the Hollandale and Ellendale area and attended school at NRHEG. Jim worked as a cook at the truck stop in Ellendale for many years. He enjoyed stock car races with his brother, hunting, fishing, fourwheeling, snowmobiling and any outdoor activity. He enjoyed spending time with family and especially enjoyed his nieces and nephews. Jim's family and friends remember him as being "always right" even when he wasn't.

He is survived by father, Kenn (Jenne) Schumacher of Hollandale; mother, Brenda (David) Strenge of Albert Lea; brother, Nathan (Amanda) Schumacher of Blooming Prairie; sister, Carol (Joe) Schumacher of Hollandale; grandmothers, Peg Shelton of Albert Lea and Nadine Strenge of Geneva; nieces and nephews,  Hailey, Kaydance, Natalie, Justin, Lexi and Ryan Schumacher and numerous uncles, aunts and cousins.

He was preceded in death by brother, Justin “ JT ” Schumacher; sister, Annie Hartman; grandfathers, Albert Schumacher, Neal Stucky and Dale Strenge and grandmother, Laura Rayman.

LeRoy Paul Kulla passed away on Dec. 28, 2017 at Eastview Manor Care Center in Trenton Missouri. He was 78 years old. 

LeRoy was born on May 17, 1939 in Albert Lea MN, the son of Leo and Florence Kulla. He attended school in Glenville MN.

LeRoy married Wilma Alice Manuel on Nov. 28, 1959. They lived in the New Richland area for many years where they worked and raised their three children. They moved to Cape Fair Missouri in 1995.

LeRoy enjoyed fishing, woodworking, taking care of his lawn, game shows and spending time with his family. He will be greatly missed. A memorial and burial service is planned for the family at a later date.

Survivors include his three children, Carol (Gordy) Swenson of Trenton MO, Mike (Patty) Kulla of New Richland MN, JoAnn Spooner of Hartland MN, seven grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, his mother Florence Kulla of Waseca MN, his two sisters Mary Hamson of Waseca MN, Barb (Bob) Broers of Waterville MN, sisters-in-law Jeanette Davis of Cape Fair MO, Mary (Larry) Bush of Granby MO and Loretta Manuel of Cape Fair MO.

He was preceded in death by his father Leo Kulla, his brother Robert Kulla, his wife Wilma Kulla, sisters-in-law Gwendolyn Guenther, Carol Baldwin, brothers-in-law Bernel Hamson, Paul Davis, Terry Baldwin and Douglas Guenther.

Funeral services for Lois Williams will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at Bonnerup Funeral Service in Albert Lea, Minnesota. Chaplain Don Malinsky will officiate. Visitation will begin two hours prior to the service. Burial will be in Hollandale Cemetery at a later date.

Lois Jane Williams, age 66, died on Friday, January 5, 2018 at St. Lucas Care Center in Faribault, MN. She was born on March 21, 1951 to parents Alice Tyhuis and Richard Hendrickson. Lois was raised in Hartland and attended school in New Richland.

Lois loved working at the Canton Café for 15 years and was also a waitress at the Coffee Haus. She loved playing BINGO at the Eagles, playing board games like Yahtzee and Trouble, and watching Shadetree Mechanic. She was outgoing and a ‘mom’ to everybody. She used to play tag on the CB radio with her kids and was well known for her handle, “Ice.” She always had a fridge stocked with food and plenty of sweets available for her grandchildren. She will be deeply missed.

Alvin Groskreutz, 87-year-old resident of Waldorf, died peacefully on Monday evening, January 8, 2018, at his home with his family by his side. 

Funeral Service will be 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at Vista Evangelical Covenant Church in rural New Richland. Interment will follow in St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Vivian Township, Waseca County, Minnesota. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, January 12, 2018, at Starkson & Steffel Funeral Home-Arnoldt Chapel of Janesville. Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. 

Arrangements are with Starkson & Steffel Funeral & Cremation Service-Arnoldt Chapel of Janesville.

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Funeral services for Rodney J. Spooner will be held at 10 a.m.on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Bonnerup Funeral Service, Albert Lea. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service. Following the service, the body will be cremated.

Rodney passed away of natural causes at his home on Saturday, December 30, 2017 in Albert Lea. He was 51 years old.

Rodney Joseph Spooner was born on October 13, 1966 to David and Elizabeth (Wick) Spooner in Albert Lea, MN. He grew up in Hartland, and would graduate from New Richland-Hartland High School in 1985. Rodney enlisted and served for his country in the Minnesota National Guard for three years. On February 16, 1991 he was united in marriage to Tammi (Kreun) in Hartland. The couple would later divorce.

Rodney began working at a young age for Hi Yield in Hartland. He would go on to own his own trucking company, Spooner Trucking. He would also work for EPCO as a regional manager, and most recently, drove truck for Waterford Oil out of Northfield. Rodney was always working, and enjoyed the work he did.

When Rodney wasn’t working, he enjoyed snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, and was an avid Minnesota Vikings Fan, often saying he bled Purple and Gold. He loved his grandchildren, and would always look forward to spending time with them. Rodney was a person with high morals. He would always treat you with respect. He was the most selfless person that there was. He would give the shirt off his back to help somebody else before he would think about helping himself.