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Peterson, Bette Rae, Lifetime Master Coordinator, our Mom, Grandma and Great Grandma, went to be with the Lord on August 13, 2011, from her own bed, in her own home, only a few weeks after the passing of her honey, Hewey, husband of 67 years.

 Dad found our loving mother in 1941 in the little town of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota.  A poor country farm boy from Ellendale, Minnesota, he captured the heart and hand of Miss Bette Rae Oswald, the homecoming queen that year of Blooming Prairie.  Home of the Blooming Prairie Blossoms, “Go Blossoms.”

As her kids we can only imagine what it must have been like for Mom to bring this skinny poor farm kid home to meet our eight Oswald Uncles.  Uncles Earl, Bud, Harvey, Bob, Tommy and Otto, we always just knew Uncle Harrison as Ozzy.  These were not your farm kids like Dad, these were city kids… from downtown Blooming Prairie, where Grandpa owned “Oswald’s” the local grocery store, big time, at the time.  

Peterson, Hewitt Lynn Sr., Lifetime Master Coordinator, our father and grandfather, twin brother to Uncle Harlan, older brother to Aunt Elaine, younger brother to Uncle Laverne and Aunt Ethel went to be with the Lord, July 23, 2011.  There is a song we sing in Church, “When We All…Get to Heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be…”  We see Dad with the Lord … rejoicing with Grandma Pete and Grandpa Peterson, gathered together with Uncle Bernard, Aunt Ruth, Uncle Swede and Uncle Ray and all the wonderful crazy aunts, uncles and cousins that went before, all gathered on the other side.

I know Dad was especially looking forward to meeting, for the first time, his baby sister Lucille, who went to be with the Lord years before he and Uncle Harlan were born.  The family often talked about baby Lucille, grandmas first born, who would have been their older sister. 

The funeral service for Neil Frederick Phillips of Hartland, Minnesota will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 12, 2011 at All Saints Catholic Church, New Richland, Minnesota. Father Swami will officiate. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, New Richland. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Bonnerup Funeral Service, Albert Lea, and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Neil died Saturday, August 6, 2011 in Pennsylvania from a motorcycle accident. He was 60 years old.

Neil was born April 18, 1951 in Albert Lea, Minnesota to Fred and Marilyn (Sondergard) Phillips. He was a lifetime Hartland area resident. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Southern School of Agriculture, Waseca, in 1969. He then continued his education, graduating from Mankato Technical College.

Harlan A. Lafayette, age 76 of Waseca, died on Thursday, August 11, 2011 at Colony Court in Waseca.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 15, at 1 p.m. at Arnoldt-McRaith Funeral Home & Crematory in Janesville. Rev. Dr. Larry Griffin will officiate. Interment will be in the Alma City Cemetery. 

Visitation will be held on Monday morning from 11 a.m. until the hour of service at Arnoldt-McRaith Funeral Home & Crematory in Janesville. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to donor’s choice. 

Funeral services for Ronald Christensen of New Richland, MN, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, August 5, 2011 at the Community Lutheran Church in Geneva, MN. Pastor Carrie McElfresh will officiate. Visitation will be held Thursday evening from 4:30 until 7:30 p.m. at the Bonnerup Funeral Service in Ellendale, MN, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Geneva Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by the Ellendale Veterans Group.

Ronald died Monday evening surrounded by his family, August 1, 2011 at the St Cloud Hospital in St Cloud, MN. He was 78 years of age. He was born April 7, 1933 in Albert Lea, MN the son of Hans and Carol Christensen.

Ronald graduated from Ellendale-Geneva High School in 1951 and the University of Minnesota. He was united in marriage to Joanne Vangen on June 13, 1954 at the First Lutheran Church in Ellendale, MN. He worked in Albert Lea at Queens/Almco in engineering for six years.