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     Margy Dene Toft, age 82, of Spring Valley, Minn. died Tuesday morning, March 29, 2011, at the Spring Valley Care Center.

     Margy was born February 12, 1929, in Steele County, Minn., the daughter of Otto and Virginia (Dezell) Sorenson.  She was baptized July 19, 1942, and confirmed May 9, 1945, at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Richland, Minn.  She graduated from Freeborn High School in 1947.  She married Charles “Chuck” Toft July 6, 1947, at First Lutheran Church in Hartland, Minn.  The couple farmed in Steele and Freeborn Co.’s until moving to Spring Valley in 1958.  While in Spring Valley she was a waitress at the Highway Cafe and Frontier Room and retired after working as a clerk at Snyder Drug.

Maudie Lee Zellweger, 86, of Mesa, Arizona and formerly of Sioux City, Iowa, died on March 22, 2011. She was born on October 14, 1924 in Sikeston, Missouri to Minius and Clara Knight where she joined eight brothers and sisters.

Lee, as her friends called her, was very active in all aspects of her life at View Point RV Resort. After years of golfing, Lee decided she would try this thing called “tennis” and found her true sports passion. To see that tiny figure in her tights, tennis skirt and shirt on the court you weren’t quite sure what would do her in first — that huge tennis racket or the wind that would surely blow her over.

She will be remembered for her kindness to one and all, her willingness to help out whenever asked to do so, and her desire to make the most of whatever came along.

Survivors include her husband Donald Zellweger; her daughter Saundra Nelson of Mesa, Arizona; her grandson Tom Jones of Albuquerque, New Mexico; and three great-grandchildren Sari, Darby and Haydn Jones.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 4, 2011 in the Garden Room at View Point RV Resort in Mesa, Arizona.

Memorial services for Beulah E.I. Crabtree of Ellendale, MN, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19, 2011 at the United Methodist Church in Ellendale. Pastor Lisa Dodds will officiate. Friends may greet the family one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be held at a later date.

Beulah died Tuesday morning, March 15, 2011 at the Albert Lea Medical Center. She was 89 years of age.

Beulah was born June 5, 1921 on the family farm in Steele County. She was the daughter of Harold and Nelsena (Skow) Ferguson. She graduated from Ellendale High School in 1939. On June 25, 1941 she was united in marriage to Charles Henry Crabtree at the First Methodist Church in Ellendale, MN.

Beulah was a Steele County resident for most of her life and a member of the United Methodist Church in Ellendale. She was active in the Church Choir, United Methodist Women and taught Sunday school for many years.

 


Beulah was a member of the Sweet Adeline’s Owatonna Chapter and loved all types of music. She enjoyed crocheting, cooking, gardening and being a homemaker to her loving family.

Beulah is survived by her children; Millie and her husband Allen Paulson of Ellendale, MN, Allie Larson of Ellendale, MN, Becky and her husband Allen Larson of Ellendale, MN, Bob and his wife Leah Crabtree of Brainerd, MN, Kathy Crabtree-Shoudel of Coppell, TX. There are 13 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. Also surviving are four sisters; Anna Foster of Red Wing, MN, Alice Richards of Geneva, MN, Mildred (Gerald) Flugum of New Richland, MN, Roselyn (Eldon) Peterson of Hayfield, MN, one sister in law Marjorie Trandem of Owatonna, MN, and many nieces and nephews.

Beulah was preceded in death by her parents; Harold and Nelsena, husband Charles Henry, son in law Dennis Larson and sisters Wanda Fisher Christensen and Helen Holmes.

She will be sadly missed by her loving family and many friends.

Joy Dunn, 67, went to be with her precious Savior, Jesus Christ on March 14, 2011. She was surrounded at home by her beloved family. Her funeral service, with Tim Coop officiating, will be held at Crossroads Christian Church on Thursday March 24, 2011 at 11 a.m.

Joy was born on June 1, 1943 to Robert and Florence Hanson, in Albert Lea, Minnesota. She attended nursing school in Minnesota for three years. Three months before completion of the program she decided nursing was not the direction she wanted to continue. She married her Marine, Lloyd Dunn, 47 year ago and they moved to California. At the age of 55 Joy completed her education with a Bachelor of Science Degree at Hope International University.

For the past 28 years Joy and Lloyd owned and ran a small business, Evans Leak Detection. Helping run their business didn't keep Joy from volunteer community work. She was Corona Parks and Recreational Commissioner for 18 years, a Mentor Mom for "Moms of Pre-Schoolers” and a Home Fellowship Leader. She worked with the Corona Police Community Partnership. Joy was a very active member of Crossroads Christian Church for 43 years. She was a church elder.

 


Joy had a special passion for her work and her friendships with the Circle City Rotary Club, where she had served as president. On Sunday, March 13, she asked that they be told how much she loved them and that "Rotary meant everything to me ... They were part of my family." She was an active member for over 20 years. Through the Hurricane Katrina Stars (Service to American Rotarians) Joy and Lloyd traveled on their Harley from California to the Gulf Coast to help in the rebuilding of little league baseball field and a Rotarian home. She was a Rotoplast Medical Team Member traveling to Cumana, Venezuela to make the lives of the people better. Joy was a part of the selfless endeavor of Rotary Mission trips to Costa Rica, bringing medical supplies, dental care and school supplies to students.

Joy was diagnosed to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in September 2008. She called upon her faith, family, and friends as she accepted the fact that this neurological disease would destroy her Central Nervous System. She credited the Lord Jesus for answering the prayers of family and friends in slowing the progression of her muscle weakness.

Her nomination for "Woman of the Year" 2011 for the State of California was a great honor. She was looking forward to going to Sacramento on March 21, 2011 for the award ceremony.

She determined to make each day special. That determination was important for her as she worked hard to maintain peace and acceptance of her disease. She and Lloyd ventured out on several major trips following her diagnosis. They traveled to Costa Rica, Chile, México, Minnesota, Washington, and even rode their Harley from Corona, California to Abilene, Texas in April of 2010. They met their goal to make each day special. Joy reminded herself of a favorite scripture in Philippians 4:3: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

Joy had very close family ties with all who survive her; Husband, Lloyd Dunn, sons, Mark (Adrienne) Dunn and Brian (Jennifer) Dunn of Corona, and her Rotary "exchange kid", Claudio Valenzuela from Chili; eight grandchildren, brother Kurt Hanson of Kent, WA, Sisters, Lorna Berg of Albert Lea, MN; Linda Anderson of Rochester, MN; Anita Kess of Eagan, MN and many nieces and nephews. She had a host of close friends. The parents of Joy preceded her in death.

Stafford Breck of Ellendale MN was born August 19, 1930 in Waseca, MN to Ella (Johnson) and Andrew Breck. Each day he lived life to the fullest until his passing on March 7, 2011 in San Juan P.R.

On October 21, l956 he was united in marriage to Ila Priem in Mankato MN.

He was employed by Josten's for 26 years until retirement in 1994.

He is survived by his wife Ila; daughters Faye (Kerry) Johnson and Jane (Ron) Peck; granddaughters Elise Johnson (Adam Ridenhour) and Rikki Peck; great-granddaughters Hayley Kettle and Veyda Ridenhour.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Joel (Orloue) Breck  and Orren Breck.

Services will be on March 26, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 609 Lincoln Avenue South, Owatonna, MN. Reception follows the service at the Owatonna Country Club, 1991 Lemond Rd, Owatonna MN.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Ellendale Food Shelf, St. Isidore School or Trinity Lutheran Church Building Fund.