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Obituaries, Sept. 16, 2006

ALICE CAROLYN BLIXT, 100, of Worthington, died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2006, at the Sunset Hospice Cottage, Worthington. Born June 24, 1906, in Dayton, Iowa, she was the daughter of Ludvig and Alma Hoaglund Liljegren. She married Stanford Blixt Feb. 2...

ALICE CAROLYN BLIXT, 100, of Worthington, died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2006, at the Sunset Hospice Cottage, Worthington.

Born June 24, 1906, in Dayton, Iowa, she was the daughter of Ludvig and Alma Hoaglund Liljegren. She married Stanford Blixt Feb. 25, 1931.

She was a member of First Baptist Church,Worthington.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church,Worthington.

The service will be 11 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church, Worthington, with the Rev. Mike Richmond officiating. Burial will be in the Indian Lake Baptist Cemetery near Worthington.

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Memorials are requested to First Baptist Church, Worthington.

Benson Funeral Home, Worthington, is in charge of the arrangements.

MAUREEN A. "BUTZ" VAN BERGEN, 91, of Adrian, formerly of Worthington, died Friday, Sept. 15 2006 at Arnold Memorial Health Care Center, Adrian.

Born July 3, 1915, in Alton, Iowa, she was the daughter of Henry and Josephine Nemmers Kokenge. She married Wilfred Van Bergen April 14, 1941, in Alton. He died in 1986.

She grew up in Alton and attended school at St. Mary's Academy. She worked for various people in Alton, cleaning and helping them with their children. After marriage, they moved to Granville, Iowa, and in June 1963, moved to Worthington, where she worked at Ehlers Steak House, Campbell's Soup Co. and various places as a housekeeper. She became a resident of Arnold Memorial Health Care Center, Adrian, in February 2005.

Surviving are eight children, Roger Van Bergen of Minneapolis, Jane (John) Grady, Loveland, Colo., Judy Van Bergen, Edwards, Colo., Ronnie (Brenda) Van Bergen, Finland, Minn., Bill Van Bergen, Minneapolis, Bev (Dave) Frisch, Worthington, Darlene (Merlin) Teerink, Worthington, and Lana (Lonnie) Hazelwood, Sioux Falls, S.D.; 12 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, with parish prayers at 7 p.m., at Dingmann Funeral Home, Worthington, and from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Worthington.

The service will be 2 p.m. Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church with the Rev. Gerald Kosse officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

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In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Arnold Memorial Health Care Center, Adrian.

DONALD F. HOMAN, 82, of Worthington, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2006, at Worthington Regional Hospital.

Born Aug. 9, 1924, in Alton, Iowa, he was the son of Charles and Pauline Mousel Homan. He married Marie Wallace Sept. 5, 1951, in Worthington. She died in 2004.

He grew up on the family farm and attended country school in Iowa until he moved to the Slayton area. He served in the U.S. Army in Italy during World War II and later worked for Consolidated Coop in Worthington for 36 years until his retirement. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Golden Kiwanis of Worthington. He was a "500" card club member for many years.

Surviving are three sons, Steven (Alda) Homan, Riverdale, N.Y., Dennis (Linda) Homan, Hopkins, and Jeff (Cheryl) Homan, Worthington; one daughter, Diane (Gary) Trosin, Mound; two brothers, Marv (Darlene) Homan, Trimont, and Harold (Shirley) Homan, Maple Grove; two sisters, Dee (Nick) DeGreef, Zimmerman, and Pat (Vince) Haegle, South St. Paul; and six grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m., at Benson Funeral Home, Worthington.

The service will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Worthington, with the Rev. Larry Brixius officiating. Burial will be at 3:30 p.m. in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetary, Worthington.

RUBY BADDGOR BOYER, 87, of Lancaster, formerly of Round Lake, died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2006.

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Born Nov. 6, 1918, in Rochester, she was the daughter of Levi Baddgor and Blanche Graf. She married Clinton F. Boyer.

In the late 1930s, she was a truck driver, hauling livestock and grain. She worked as a shipyard welder in Vancouver, Wash., during World War II. After her sixth child left home, she returned to school, earning her high school diploma. She then trained in using office equipment. Her favorite job was working in the office at Worthington Hospital.

Surviving are three sons, Dale Boyer, Brian (Mavis) Boyer and Craig (Esther) Boyer; two daughters, Nancy (Merlin) Bretzman and Leila (Roger) Liepold one brother, Norman Baddgor; 16 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and six great-great grandchildren.

The service will be 11 a.m. Monday at Grace Lutheran Church, Lancaster, Calif.

WILLIAM B. "BILL" KATHMAN, 51, of Tracy, died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2006, at Tracy Area Medical Center.

Born Dec. 30, 1954, in Tracy, he was the son of Bob and JoAnne Kathman Coyle. He married Jayne Bullerman in Feb. 27, 1982, in Adrian.

He grew up in the Tracy and Garvin area. He attended public school in Tracy, Garvin and Balaton until he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1972. He was stationed at Fort Wainwright, Ark., until his discharge in 1975, when he returned to the Tracy area. He worked for several trucking companies, the City of Tracy and most recently as a semi driver for Schwan's in Marshall. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Tracy, and the Garvin American Legion. He served with the Tracy Fire Department for eight years and was active in past years with the Tracy Wrestling Boosters Club.

Surviving are his wife; one son, Erik Kathman, Tracy; one daughter, JeRae Kathman, Granite Falls; his father, Tracy; four brothers, Dave (Pam) Coyle, St. Rose, La., Ron (Tina) Coyle, Jacksonville, Fla., Jim (Terri) Coyle, Rochester, Fla., and Mike (Amy) Coyle, Tracy; five sisters, Tam (Ray) Hatton, Tracy, Sandy (Fran) Carlson, Garvin, Ronda (Roy) Radke, Slayton, Dawn (Bob) Anderson, Lucan, and Kim (Dan) Rolling, Tracy.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday, with a rosary at 4 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m., and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Tracy.

The service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Tracy. Burial will be in Tracy City Cemetery.

Almlie Funeral Home, Tracy, is in charge of arrangements.

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