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Thomas Alfred Camerer, 72, passed away on Saturday, March 10, 2012, at his home in rural Blooming Prairie, MN, surrounded by his family following an 8 ½ month courageous battle with cancer.

Tom was born December 31, 1939, in Austin, MN, the son of Lloyd and Pearl (Eggestein) Camerer. He spent the first 12 years of his life in Austin, eventually living in Blooming Prairie. He was confirmed in 1958 at First Lutheran Church, Blooming Prairie, and attended school in both Austin and Blooming Prairie public schools. He worked with his step-dad, Axel, in Blooming Prairie in the trucking business and later at the Chevrolet garage. He then worked at A.J. Lysne Contracting Corporation in Owatonna before retiring after 25 years. Tom was a volunteer fireman for Blooming Prairie for many years.

Tom was united in marriage to Marcia Kruckeberg on August 10, 1962, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in rural Claremont and they were married for 48 years. Tom loved fishing, especially enjoying his fall Canadian trips with the cousin crew and the Gulf of Mexico fishing excursions with his cousin, Wayne. He also enjoyed picking on his grandchildren, playing cards, wintering in Port Aransas, TX, and his time spent with family. 

Tom is survived by his wife, Marcia, of rural Blooming Prairie; three sons, Wade and Wendy Camerer of Ellendale, MN; Randy of Owatonna, MN; and Barry of Blooming Prairie; 4 grandchildren; Brooke of Owatonna; Thomas and Brittni of Colorado Springs, CO; Cory and Kayley of Ellendale; 3 brothers, Calvin and Joan Camerer of Andover, MN; Marvin Camerer, of Blooming Prairie; Rick and Nancy Hansen of Blooming Prairie; 3 sisters, Leone and Billy Vavra and Roxanne and Calvin Boyd, all of Blooming Prairie; and Robin and Pat Berg of Owatonna; Brother-in-law Dale Garness of Blooming Prairie and sister-in-law Sherry Kruckeberg, also of Blooming Prairie and held dear his many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his step-father Eugene (Axel) Hansen, his sisters, Carol Garness and Romell Camerer and brother-in-law Kevin Kruckeberg.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at First Lutheran Church in Blooming Prairie with Pastor Charlie Leonard officiating. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Monday, March 12, 2012, at the Worlein Blooming Prairie Funeral Home and one hour before the service at the church. Interment will be at Owatonna Memorial Gardens, Owatonna, MN. Donations are preferred to the American Cancer Society, Homestead Hospice of Owatonna or the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be expressed at

Blessed be the memory of our husband, father, grandfather and friend.

Donald J. McQuarie, age 65, of Faribault, died on Monday, March 5, 2012 at his home.

Funeral services will be at the First Baptist Church, Faribault, on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. with the Reverend Daniel D. Mead officiating.  Interment will be held at the Sakatah Cemetery, Waterville.

Visitation will be held in the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and also in the church for one hour prior to the services on Saturday.

Donald J., the son of Frederick and Doris (Nelson) McQuarie was born on February 23, 1947.  He was formerly by Rice County Day Activity Center.

He is survived by his two sisters, Sharon (and Russell) Schiell of Ellendale and Sherill (and James) Golombeski of Morristown; one niece, Shannon (and Lee) Velky of Solon, IA; three nephews, Jason (and Barb) Kane of Owatonna, Justin (and Vanessa) Kane of Faribault, Shane (and Nikki) Schiell of Ellendale and Ryan (and Jillian) Schiell of Owatonna; five great nieces; four great nephews; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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Betty Patricia Bang, 86, of Owatonna died on February 24, 2012, from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident in Meriden, Minn.

Betty was born on Oct. 26, 1925, in Lemond Township to Arthur & Nettie (Zimmerman) Sutlief. Betty graduated from New Richland High School in 1943. She worked as a waitress and a hair dresser for most of her life.

Survivors include her three daughters, Donna (Al) Miller of Waseca, Diana (Andy) Dauk of Janesville, Darlene (Homer) Christensen of Litchfield; three sons, Dale (Betty) McShane of Waseca, David Bang of Owatonna, Michael Bang of Owatonna; 19 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Darla; her husband, Stanley Bang; a brother and three sisters.

Private funeral services will be held with interment in Woodville Cemetery, Waseca. Arrangements completed with the Brick-Meger Funeral Home, Owatonna. Condolences may be expressed at

The funeral service for Evelyn Smith will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, at First Congregational Church in New Richland. The Reverend Cherie Daniel will officiate. A visitation will be held on Friday, March 2, from 4-8 at Friedrich’s Funeral Home in New Richland, as well as one hour prior to the service at the church.

Evelyn died on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at the New Richland Care Center. She was 84 years old.

Evelyn was born on February 14, 1928 to Floyd and Gertrude (Bethke) Haushahn and lived her whole life in New Richland. She graduated from New Richland High School and attended the Naeve Nursing School and earned her degree. On April 12, 1949 she married Dale Smith and had three children. Evelyn worked at Dr. Olds’ office in New Richland as a nurse for over 25 years as well as at the New Richland Care Center, Country Neighbors, and Birdseye Foods. She was a member of the Freeborn Congregational United Church of Christ.

She enjoyed painting and teaching ceramics, embroidery, reading, gardening as well as following all the Minnesota sports teams. She loved spending time with family and going to any sporting events that her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren participated in.

Evelyn is preceded in death by both her parents; and husband Dale Smith.

She is survived by three children, Barbara (Larry) Thompson of New Richland MN, Julie (Daniel) Economy of New Richland MN, Diane Smith of Mankato, MN; grandchildren, Loc (Dung) Nguyen, Mitchell (Stacy) Thompson, Adrienne (Andre) Sloan, Alexandra (Bryan) Hennekens, Elizabeth (Chad) Neitzel, Matthew Economy; great-grandchildren, Ashley, Andrew, Amanda, Hunter, Zoie, Isaiah, Joelle, Zachary, Kaeden, Brynlee; sisters, Arlene Pfeffer of New Richland, MN, Jackie Braulik of Owatonna, MN; special friends Linda and Dale Young of New Richland; nieces and nephews; and many other loving friends.

Funeral services for Ellis N. (Ollie) Reese of Ellendale, MN, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 1, 2012 at the First Lutheran Church in Ellendale, MN. Pastor Richard L. Sliper will officiate. Visitation will be held Wednesday, February 29, 2012 from 4 until 7 p.m. at the Bonnerup Funeral Service in Ellendale and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the First Lutheran Cemetery, Ellendale, MN.

Ollie died on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at the Albert Lea Good Samaritan Center. She was 87 years of age.

Ellis was born June 13, 1924 in Waseca, MN, the daughter of Erick and Clara Wobschall. She attended public school in Waseca County. On July 11, 1941 she was united in marriage to Harold G. Reese at the LeSeuer River Lutheran Church.

Ollie was a resident of the Ellendale area all of her married life. She was an active member of the First Lutheran Church participating in the Altar Guild and Church Circle. Ollie worked for Red Snapper Co., Ollie Cole Dress Shop, Pete and Rub’s and Lerbergs.  For over 25 years, she worked as a sales clerk for the JC Penny Store in Owatonna, MN. She was also a member of the Eagles Club.

Ollie enjoyed gardening, camping and would do sewing and alterations for others out of her home.

Ollie is survived by her daughters; Helen Schmidt of Ellendale, MN, and Darlene (Ronald) Christensen of Lincoln, NB. Grandchildren; Julie (DeWayne) Roberts, Jim (Mary) Brocker, Jane (Alan) Melander, Mike (Peggy) Christensen, great grandchildren; Cassandra, Nicolas, Jake, Jessica, Mercedes, Corbin, Caleb, Tyler and Brianna. Also surviving is one brother; Wallace (Marge) Wobschall of Austin, MN, and one sister Mae Hightshoe of Cannon Falls, MN.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Harold, son in law Chuck Schmidt, three sisters , five brothers, one brother in infancy and three grandchildren in infancy.