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Long time Alaska resident, Mr. Coby Blaine Thompson, 48, died Sunday, March 11th, 2012 in Wasilla, Alaska. 

At Coby’s request there will be no ceremony. 

Mr. Thompson was born April 10th, 1963 to Robert Thompson and Nora Thompson in Albert Lea, Minnesota. 

Coby graduated from high school in New Richland, Minnesota. After Coby graduated from high school he soon then after moved to Wasilla, Alaska and worked as a landscaper. 

Coby enjoyed NASCAR, country music, and helping others. 

The family wrote, “Coby was a kind and gentle spirit, always eager for approval. He loved animals and playing pranks.” 

Coby is preceded in death by his mother, Nora Thompson; and father, Robert Thompson. 

He is survived by his sister and brother in-law, Nancy and Lonnie Breuer of Wasilla, AK; sister, Cheryl Johnson and partner Scott of Waseca, MN; brother, Kevin Thompson and his wife Dianne of Faribault, MN; brother, Mark Thompson of Soldotna, AK; nieces, Cassie Johnson, Skye and Joe Ronkin and their 2 sons. He is also survived by his nephews, Brandon, Peter, Joshua, Travis and Corey. 

Family cared by Valley Funeral Home & Crematory.

Constance E. “Connie” Hall, age 87 of Waseca, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at the Lake Shore Inn of Waseca.

Memorial services will be held on Monday, April 2nd at 2 p.m. at Christ The King Lutheran Church in Waseca with Reverend Cary Larson, officiating. Interment will be in Waseca’s Woodville Cemetery.

The Hall Family will greet friends on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at McRaith Funeral Home & Crematory in Waseca, and will continue on Monday afternoon for one hour prior to services, at church. Memorials are preferred to Christ The King Lutheran Church in Waseca, or donor’s choice.  

Constance Eileen was born on August 25, 1924 in rural New Richland to George and Eleanor (Johnson) Berg.  She graduated from New Richland High School in 1942.  She went on to complete her studies at the Minneapolis Business College.  Connie began her career with the Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Association.  She then moved to California to live with her aunt, and worked for the Pacific Water & Oil Company.  She returned home and on June 10, 1948 she was united in marriage to Stanley “Jack” Hall on June 10, 1948 at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Richland.  Connie and Jack raised their family and resided in Waseca.  They lived on Lake Tetonka in Waterville for several years before returning to Waseca.  Over the years she was employed with E.F. Johnson Co, the Waseca Area Chamber of Commerce, and First National Bank Insurance.  For many years she owned and operated The Corner Cupboard.  Most recently she had worked with her daughter at the Dress Barn at the Medford Mall.  Connie was a very active volunteer in the Waseca Community.  She enjoyed singing, and was a charter member of the Waseca Chorale.  Connie was also very active in the Waseca Schools, having been a pen pal and mentor to elementary students over the years.  She loved playing bridge with her friends, and antiquing.  So many will remember her wonderful articles in the Waseca County News and Shopper, “Connie’s Corner”.  Connie was a member of Christ The King Lutheran Church in Waseca and had been involved in bible study, circle, and her church choir throughout her life.  Most of all Connie will be remembered as a wonderful, loving mother and grandmother, and was thrilled to have become a “great grandma” recently.  

She is survived by her children, Judy (Patrick) O’Grady of Waseca, Danny Hall of Waseca, and Deb (David) Miller of Faribault; by her grandchildren, John O’Grady, Jackie Hall and Jamie Hall, Eric (Jess Miller, Ali (Todd) Piepho and their son Tyler, Cori Miller and Scott Miller; by her daughter-in-law Tena Hall of Minnetonka; by nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives, and many friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; by her husband Jack on September 23, 1992.

For on-line condolences go to www.mcraithfuneralhome.com.

The funeral Service for Eileen A. Seberson will be held on Friday, March 23rd at 2 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. Visitation will be from 4-7 on Thursday at Bonnerup Funeral Service, as well as one hour prior at the church. The Reverend Todd Walsh will officiate.

Eileen passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on March 20th at the Albert Lea Medical Center. She was 81 years old. 

Eileen was born on May 10th, 1930 in Ellendale, MN. The daughter of Edward and Ida (Johnson) Miller, she grew up and graduated from Ellendale High School. On November 5th, 1950, she married LaVerne Seberson at the Trinity Lutheran Church in New Richland. After marriage, they spent a  year in California before returning to Albert Lea, where they spent 61 years together and had 4 wonderful children.

Eileen enjoyed embroidery, puzzles, reading, taking walks and occasional rides on the tandem bicycle with LaVerne. They took family trips up north and many vacations to Colorado.  They enjoyed weekly games of cards with her sister and brother, as well as afternoon coffee parties with the neighbors.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Ida (Johnson) Miller; brother, Dwight Miller; and brother-in-law, Vernon Reistad.

Eileen is survived by her loving husband, LaVerne Seberson; children, Pam (Mick) McClary of Austin, MN, Polly (John) Holbrook of Greely, CO, Steve (Annette) Seberson of Albert Lea, MN, and Mark Seberson of Chaska, MN; grandchildren, Jenny Westerlund, Angie Finley, Adam (Gabe) McClary, Dan McClary, Shaun (Jessie) McClary, Josh Holbrook, Nathan Holbrook, Hayden Holbrook, Mindy (Dustin Weber) Seberson, Callen (Alicia Un) Seberson, Kellie Seberson, and Andrew Seberson; great-grandchildren, Dalton, Triston, Chantell, Devin, Demi, Abby, Tate, Teegan, Laura, Ronan, Kain, Karter, Kayde, and Ian; great-great-grandchild, Sawyer; sisters, Ethel Reistad of Waterville, MN, and  Phyllis (Milburn) Nelson of Albert Lea, MN; twin brother, Ed (Arlene) Miller of Clarks Grove, MN; sister-in-law Betty Miller of Kasson, MN; many nieces and nephews; and other loving relatives and friends.

Eileen was a wonderful and loving wife, mother and friend. She will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved her. 

Memorials are preferred to Albert Lea Hospice or Grace Lutheran Church.

Walter F. Weiss passed away at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Albert Lea from renal failure on March 21, 2012.

Walter was born in North Minneapolis December 11, 1927.

Walter lived in Minneapolis for the first 60 years of his life. He bravely served his country during the Korean Conflict, serving two duties and earning the Purple Heart.

Walter retired to Morin Homes 18 years ago. Walter was active in his community as a member of RSVP, Albert Lea Senior Center, ARC, and the Ellendale Color Guard.  Walter volunteered many years at the Veteran's Hospital in Minneapolis and at the Good Samaritan Center in Albert Lea.  Walter honored other service men by participating as a Color Guard member at cemetery services and parades.

Walter was a huge Vikings fan and loved to talk sports with everyone. In his later years he traveled throughout the U.S., with Branson as a favorite spot. He enjoyed playing Yahtzee and cards with friends, attending ARC dances, and happy hour at George's.

Walter is survive by his sister-in-law, a niece and nephews and their families.

Walter's circle of friends include so many that will miss him dearly, including his adopted family at Morin Homes and the staff at Good Samaritan.  Walter claimed Geneva as his home town. The ladies at the Commerce Bank and the staff at George's were counted as family.  Walter genuinely loved life and those he called friends.

Walter will be interred at Fort Snelling with full military honors.

Darrel K. Lundberg, 82, died peacefully in his home in New Richland, MN, on March 12, 2012.

Darrel was born on October 14, 1929 to Clarence and Lillian (Larson) Lundberg in rural Pepin, WI.

He attended country school and graduated from Pepin High School in May 1948.

From 1951 -1953 Darrel served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Alaska. On June 10, 1955 he was united in marriage to Betty Lundberg of rural Pepin, WI.

Darrel and Betty farmed until 1971 when they and their family moved to New Richland, MN.

Darrel worked for the Eastvold Family Farm in rural Hartland, MN, and then worked as a mechanic for Budach Implement for 19 years.

Darrel was a member of the Vista Covenant Church where he actively served as deacon and Sunday School Teacher. He was also a much appreciated lay pastor during various occasions.

Darrel is survived by his daughter Donna (Keith) Hullopeter of Pepin, WI, daughter Julie Ryden of Waseca, MN, son Kenneth Lundberg of New Richland, MN, and son David (Karen) Lundberg of Ellendale, MN. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, Brother Curtis (Marjorie) Lundberg of Pepin, WI, and sister Verneal (Bob) Hood of Farmersburg, IN.

Darrel was preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Lillian Lundberg, wife Betty Lundberg, sister and brother in law JoAnn and Harold Dion. Also numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents.

Memorial services will be held on Monday, March 19, 2012 at the Lund Mission Covenant Church in Stockton, WI. Reverend Steven Thompson and Reverend Greg Satterberg will officiate. Friends may great the family one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Lund Mission Covenant Church Cemetery.

Darrel will be greatly missed by his loving family and many friends.