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ANNOUNCEMENTS


Private family services for Verle “Rick” Lunz Jr., age 63, of Fairmont, MN, will be held at the Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont with interment in Lakeside Cemetery in Fairmont.  A live stream of the service can be seen on Wednesday, September 30, at 10:30 am at: https://client.tribucast.com/tcid/67746645. Rick passed away on Friday morning, September 25, 2020, near his home in Fairmont. The Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.

Verle “Rick” Richard Lunz Jr. was born on April 22, 1957, in Fairmont, MN.  He was the son of Verle Sr. and Verna (Holm) Lunz.  He attended school in Fairmont and graduated from Fairmont High School in 1975.  He played football, basketball, and ran track.  He also belonged to 4H and FFA where he was named a “Star Farmer.”  Rick even began raising cattle in high school.

In November of 1976, Rick was united in marriage to Sherry Lee Bradley.  Sherry passed away in March of 1977. 

On March 24, 1984, Rick was united in marriage to Harriet Severson at the Congregational Church in Granada, MN.  The couple resided on the Lunz family farm where Rick farmed and took great pride in caring for his family.  He and Harriet shared over thirty-five years together. Rick was an active member of the Chain of Lakes Masonic Lodge #64 where he served as the Secretary and Treasurer, as well as past Worshipful Master. He was also a board member and past-president of Rose Lake Golf Course as well as a founding member and past-president of Corn Plus in Winnebago.  During his free time, Rick enjoyed being a 4H leader, hunting and being outdoors as well as attending rock concerts with his kids.  He also loved the yearly fishing trips to Canada with his dad, son, brother, and friends which they had done since 1988.  To Rick, farming was life.  He loved the farming life almost as much as he loved spending time with his only grandchild, who lovingly referred to Rick as “Grandpa Buddy.”

Left to cherish his memory include his wife, Harriet Lunz of Fairmont; step-daughter, Maggie Abitz (Glen Bass) of Las Vegas, NV; son, Richard Lunz of Fairmont, MN; daughter, Kristin (Mateo) Lunz-Trujillo of Northfield, MN; grandson, Dante Trujillo; mother, Verna Lunz of Fairmont, MN; brother, Robert Lunz of Fairmont, MN; mother-in-law, Jean LeMaire of Fairmont, MN; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Lynn (Jim) Heilman of Prosperity, SC, Tracy (Jim) Besmer of Hermitage, TN, David (Sheri) Severson of Rochester, MN, Wayne Severson of Winona, MN, and Gary (Debra) Severson of Oakdale, MN; aunt, DeLoyce (Ralph) Goode of Burnsville, MN; uncle, Walter Holm of St. Paul, MN; many other relatives and friends.  Along with his father, Verle Lunz Sr., Rick was preceded in death by his first wife, Sherry Lunz.       

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Funeral Services for Elaine C. Craig, age 94, of Fairmont, MN will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, September 25, 2020, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fairmont. Burial will be following the service at Lakeside Cemetery in Fairmont.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the time of service from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, September 25, 2020, at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Elaine passed away Monday morning, September 21, 2020, at the Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center in Fairmont, MN. The Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements. The family asks that people are mindful of social distancing guidelines, wearing masks and best practices in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19.   

Elaine Cora Craig was born on June 18, 1926, in Martin County, the daughter of William and Caroline (Krueger) Luhmann. She lived and attended school in the Northrop and Fairmont areas, graduating from Fairmont Public School. She was united in marriage to Charles Craig on June 21, 1947, at St. James Lutheran Church Parsonage in Northrop, Minnesota. Elaine was a farmwife and mother until moving into Fairmont in 1968. At that time, she started her career at Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center and retired from there 27 years later. Faith was extremely important to Elaine and she was active in various groups at St. Paul Lutheran Church including bible study, circle, and quilting group. She treasured spending time with her family and traveling with Charles, especially bus trips when they were younger. Elaine moved to Goldfinch Estates in December 2014 and entered Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center in October 2019.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Jean Theissen and husband, Mike of Fairmont, and Linda Craig of St. Paul; son, Charles Craig Jr. of McCook Lake, S.D.; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Charles; one son, David; three siblings and their spouses.


Private family services for Merle DeBoer, age 87, of Fairmont, MN, will be held at the Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont. Burial will be held in Fairview Memorial Park Cemetery with full military honors by the Lee C. Prentice American Legion Post #36 and the Martin County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1222. Those wishing to watch the service are asked to follow the live stream link: https://client.tribucast.com/tcid/89700947 on Saturday, July 18, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. Those unable to view at that time will have the opportunity to view the service by following the link for 90 days. Merle passed away on Monday morning, July 13, 2020, at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Fairmont. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be directed to an organization of the donor’s choice in memory of Merle. The Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.

Merle DeBoer was born on October 2, 1932, in Little Rock, AR, the son of Rendit and Sarah (DeYoung) DeBoer. He began his education attending school in Little Rock and moved with the family to Nebraska where he finished his education.

Merle enlisted with the United States Army where he served his country proudly while stationed in Germany. Upon receiving his honorable discharge, Merle returned home where he married Arlene Cook on April 29, 1956, in Fairmont, MN. Together the couple made their home in Heron Lake, MN and were blessed with a son, Rick. Merle and Arlene shared 38 years of marriage prior to her passing in 1994. Merle was blessed to find love again when he met and later married Evelyn Wedel in Fairmont, MN, in June of 1997.

Merle helped area farmers in the Heron Lake, Trimont and Ormsby area before moving to Fairmont in 1965. He then worked at Armour Foods, Culligan and Hancor where he retired in 1994.

In his spare time, Merle very much enjoys spending time with family and friends. He looked forward to his weekly pool games with friends at the Senior Center and enjoyed sharing his love of the Lord during hymn sings. Merle was a member of the Bethel Evangelical Free Church.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Evelyn DeBoer of Fairmont, MN; son, Rick DeBoer and his wife, Deb of Fairmont, MN; grandchildren, Justin (Angela) DeBoer of Fairmont, MN, Travis (Angie) DeBoer of Fairmont, MN and Emily (Bryan) Hansen of Sherburn, MN; great grandchildren, Paige DeBoer, Ty DeBoer, Trace DeBoer, Clay DeBoer, Lane DeBoer, Gracin Hansen, Elayna Hansen, and Griffin Hansen; step-daughter, Cindy (Brian) Eaton; step-grandchildren, Joseph Eaton, Natalie Eaton, Mariah Eaton, Isaiah Eaton and Grace Eaton; sister, Fern Sams; two sisters-in-law, Harriet Haglund and Kari Wedel; as well as many other extended family and friends.

Merle was preceded in death by his parent, Rendit and Sarah DeBoer; wife, Arlene DeBoer; brothers, Harold DeBoer, Lawrence DeBoer, Warren DeBoer; sisters, Velma Wiederhoeft, Goldie Dirksen and Dorothy Peterson; brothers-in-law, Gordy Haglund, David Cook, Lloyd Wedel and Charles Buchan and his wife, Phyllis as well as other family.

Funeral Service for Beverly J. Oltman, age 92, of Fairmont will be 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fairmont with private family inurnment in Fairview Memorial Park in Fairmont. Beverly passed away Friday morning, September 11, 2020 at the Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center in Fairmont. Those wishing to view a live stream of the service may do so at www.splfairmont.org or St. Paul Lutheran’s Facebook page. The Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.

Beverly Jean was born February 20, 1928, the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Koenecke) Moltzen in Ceylon, MN. Growing up Beverly attended school in Fairmont and was a member of the 1946 graduating class of Fairmont High School. Following graduation, she attended the Minnesota School of Business in Minneapolis, MN.

On May 27, 1949 Beverly was united in marriage to Gordon W. Oltman in Fairmont at the Immanuel Lutheran Church This union was blessed with two children: Steven and Carol

Beverly worked various jobs, including at the Fairmont Canning Company, was a Deputy Clerk of Court at the Martin County Court House, at J.C. Penny, at the Martin County National Bank and prior to her retirement in 1990, she was a bank teller at Profinium in Fairmont. She was a faithful member of St. Paul Lutheran Church where she was active in the Naomi Circle, the funeral committee, and Marathon Bridge. Beverly was also a member of the VFW and Legion Auxiliary. She especially loved spending time with her family and making special memories with her grandchildren. 

Bev had many roles over her life.  Daughter, sister, wife, mother, employee and friend.  Bev excelled at all her roles but perhaps the role of friend best captures her essence.  Bev loved her friends and her friends loved her back.  She loved to socialize with her friends and she was always there for them if they needed her support.  Card club, bridge, coffee parties, neighborhood, and family gatherings.  All of this and more, meant so much to Bev.  Through the many chapters of her life Bev had the good fortune to experience true friendship more than most.  The characteristics that make a good friend love, honesty, support, and loyalty also make a great wife and mother.  This is how we will remember Bev, a great friend.       

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Gordon Oltman of Fairmont; children: Steven (Lorrie) Oltman of West Linn, OR, Carol (Stuart) Hazard of Minneapolis, MN; grandchildren: Brittney (Andrew) Mast, Josh Oltman, Sam Oltman, and Anna (Adam) Flowers; great-grandchildren: Emi and Daniel; other extended family and friends.

In addition to her parents, Beverly was preceded in death by infant son, Mark Gordon Oltman; sister and brother-in-law, Delores and Ray Dreke; and brother and sister-in-law, Thorall and Dorothy Oltman.

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Private family services for Sylvia Stedman, age 83, of Fairmont, MN, will be at the Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont. A private family burial will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN. Sylvia passed away Friday evening, August 21, 2020 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Mankato, MN. The Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.

Sylvia Jean (Sager) Stedman was born on March 20, 1937 to Edwin and Elsie (Bowman) Sager in Fairmont, MN. She attended school in Dolliver, IA.

On January 1, 1954, Sylvia was united in marriage to Glen Stedman at Bethel Evangelical Free Church in Fairmont. This union was blessed with five children, Cherise, Susan, James, Bernita and David. They made their home in Fairmont and also lived in Racine, WI and Lavant, KS until moving back to Fairmont. Sylvia worked as a waitress and cook, before working for twelve years at Fairmont Foods where she retired on March 29, 2001.

Sylvia was a member of Grace Tabernacle in Fairmont. She loved scrapbooking, working in her garden and most of all, time spent with her family.

She is survived by her children, Cherise (John) Schimmel, Susan (Mark) Albers, James (Bonnie) Stedman, Bernita Hanson and David Stedman; grandchildren, Kyle (Dana), Thomas (Melissa), Jessica (Ralphy), Amanda (Tagie), Cassidy, Cody, and Dylan; sixteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sisters, Emily (Lowel) Hatfield, Lily Koestler, Eileen Mclean; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen Stedman; parents, Edwin and Elsie Sager; parents-in-law, Bill and Clara Stedman; one infant sister; one infant grandson; three brothers-in-law; one sister-in-law; and one son-in-law.