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Valeria Jane (Humburg) Cunningham died January 26, 2012, at the Hospice House on Midway Road, Ft Pierce, FL lovingly surrounded by her family. She slipped away peacefully to the tunes of one of her favorite musical groups, Peter, Paul and Mary.

She was born on January 21, 1935 on her grandparent’s farm in Blue Earth, MN and grew up on her father’s farm in Ellendale, MN. She was the third of Fred and Tina Humburg’s seven children: JoAnn, Robert, Valeria, Lowell, Verdel, Carole, and Steve. She graduated from high school in 1953 from Ellendale Consolidated School. Sometime later Valeria left for Washington, D.C. where she secured a job in the secretary pool at the Federal Reserve System. 

While in the D.C. area she met her husband of 20 years Walter Cunningham, married and started a family. Her first son David was born in 1957. Later she moved to Eau Gallie, FL where she gave birth to Sandra in 1959, Stuart in 1960 and Jeanne in 1962. 

Valeria transitioned from being a homemaker to working mother of four at various jobs in the area and settled at Tropicana, Fort Pierce where she worked for 15 years as a blend deck operator and tanker loader. She retired in 2001. 

She was predeceased by her parents, Fred and Clementine “Tina” (Renkley) Humburg; her sister JoAnn Ramsey and her brothers Robert Humburg and Steve Humburg.

Survivors include her sons David (Josephine) Cunningham of Ft. Pierce; Stuart (Louise) Cunningham of Ft. Pierce; daughters Sandra (Barry) Love of Vero Beach; Jeanne (James) Moretti of Vero Beach. She was the proud grandmother of 10: Kristine, Lisa, Sarah, Jason, Samantha, Nicholas, Jessica, Andrea, Angela and Michael. And equally proud great-grandmother of seven: Hailey, Daniel W., Hayden, Tristan, Anthony, Daniel M. and Mia.

Val was well loved by her family and friends who will find comfort in the many wonderful and humorous memories she leaves behind. She will be missed by all.

A visitation for Violet Callahan of Ellendale will be held from 3-6 p.m., Sunday, February 5th at Bonnerup Funeral Service in Ellendale. The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, February 6th at St. Aiden Catholic Church in Ellendale with a visitation one hour prior. Father Swammi will officiate. Interment will be in the St. Aiden's Cemetery.

Violet died Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 at Homestead Hospice in Owatonna. She was 90 years old. 

A Freeborn County resident all her life, Violet was born on May 9th, 1921 in Albert Lea, to Harold and Jessie Stieler. She graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1939. Violet married Edward Callahan on May 7th, 1941 at the St. Aiden Catholic Church in Ellendale where both were members. They had many happy years together and had 4 beautiful children that lead to 11 grand children and 13 great grand children. Violet's happiest moments were when she was surrounded by her family. She played the organ in the church for many years and was a waitress in the Ellendale and Geneva area. She enjoyed knitting, sewing, and crossword puzzles.

Violet is survived by three of her children, Mike (Carlotta) Callahan of Mable, Minnesota, Ron (Jacqui) Callahan of Ellendale, Ryan (Edna) Callahan of Ellendale; son-in-law, Art Alders of Clarks Grove; brother Rolland (Kay) Stieler of Calispell, MT; brother-in-law, Phil (Betty) Callahan of Albert Lea; sister-in-laws, Doris Callahan of Albert Lea, Anne A. Casterson of Albert Lea, Phyllis Stieler of Albert Lea; 11 grand children; 13 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. 

Violet is preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Jessie Stieler; husband, Edward Callahan; daughter; Edona Alders; brother, Jack Stieler; and sister, Lorraine Babcock.

Funeral services for Ferdinand (Fred) T. Phillips of New Richland, MN, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 4, 2012 at the All Saints Catholic Church in New Richland. Father Swami will officiate. Visitation will be held Friday evening from 4 until 7 p.m. at the Friedrich Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Mr. Phillips died Tuesday evening, January 31, 2012 at his home in New Richland. He was 94 years of age. His last days were spent surrounded by his loving family.

 Fred was born January 1, 1918 in Jessop, Iowa, the son of Math and Angeline (Hubert) Phillips. He attended public school in Iowa and Minnesota. He made his home in Iowa then moving to Medford, MN, and to Hartland at the age of 14. On September 16, 1945 he was united in marriage to Marilyn Sondergard at the All Saints Catholic Church in New Richland.

Fred was engaged in farming all of his life. He was an active member of the All Saints Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Fred loved to play cards and was an avid pool player in his younger years. He was an avid Twins fan. All of his life, Fred was a hard working, honest man.

Fred is survived by his children; Dale and Valerie Phillips of Hartland, MN, Lori and Michael Frafjord of Rosemount, MN, Dann and Joanne Phillips of Hartland, MN, daughter in law Julie Phillips of Hartland, MN. Grandchildren include; Amy (Chris) Beausoleil, Aaron (Jeanette) Phillips, Anne Phillips, Dr. Alison (Chris) Sorensen, Matthew Phillips, Lucas Frafjord, Thomas Frafjord, Peter Frafjord, Abby Phillips and Kacie Phillips. Great grandchildren; Madeline, Morgan, Andrew and Faith Phillips, Alex and Emma Beausoleil, and Lily Sorensen. One sister Marjorie Mueller of CA, brothers Rudy Phillips of Hartland, MN, Robert (Beverly) Phillips of Ellendale, MN, Arnold (Mona) Phillips of Pensacola, FL, sister in law Wilma Zoeller of Albert Lea, MN.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Marilyn, son Neil, granddaughter Catherine Frafjord, brothers Hubert, Tony, Rayfield and Roman Phillips and sister Margaret Rebbe.

Daniel (Dan) Gilster age 71 of Albert Lea, MN died Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at his home in Albert Lea. Funeral service will be held Friday, Feb 3, 2012 at 1 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. Visitation Thursday evening from 4 until 7 and one hour prior to the service at the church.

The memorial service for Donald Hamilton will be held at Country Neighbors in New Richland, Minnesota on Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 2 p.m. with Reverend Scott Williams officiating. Internment will be at St. Peter Cemetery outside of New Richland with military honors.

Donald, who was 100 years old, died Monday, January 30, 2012 at Country Neighbors, according to his wishes.

Donald was born December 14, 1911 in Parton, England to James and Sarah (Carr) Hamilton.  He immigrated to the United States with his mother and 3 of his siblings in 1920 after his father died at age 52 in a drowning accident. He grew up in Rock Springs, Wyoming and for a few years enjoyed being a cowboy with his good friend, Alec.  Donald later had a job with the Wyoming State Highway Dept shoveling and picking rocks which eventually led into surveying roads going into Yellowstone National Park.  He met the love of his life, Esther S. Michaelis, in Big Piney, Wyoming, where Esther was the superintendent of the school. They were married on May 30, 1936.  Donald started working for the United States Border Patrol in 1941 and continued until his retirement after 30 years of service.  He attended college in Minot, North Dakota & also in Grand Forks, at the University of North Dakota.  Don was a veteran of WW II and was stationed in the Southwest Pacific as a military policeman. He had entered the Army on September 15, 1943 and was honorably discharged as a 1st Lt on June 8, 1945. Over the 70+ years Don & Esther were married they lived in numerous areas of the United States but retired to New Richland to be closer to Esther’s family.  Donald was a member of St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Richland. Donald was an avid golfer & he spent multitudes of hours reading to keep his mind sharp.  He enjoyed driving his Cadillac to Florida where he and Esther spent many winters.  Donald adored his wife, Esther, and was her devoted caretaker in her later years when her health declined.  Don will be fondly remembered and missed by all the dedicated staff of Country Neighbor’s who cared for him.

Donald is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents, James and Sarah Hamilton; his wife, Esther; and all ten of his siblings, Andrew, Isabelle, Eva, Minnie, Sally, James, Jack, Roger, Ambrose, & Janet.