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Obituaries IIII I I Maurice Loft Maurice Oliver Loft passed away May 20, 1999 at Abbott-Northwest Hospital, Minneapolis, at the age of 82 years and eight months. A longtime resident of Clinton, he was born Sept. 20, 1916 to parents Hans and Mathilda (Stach) Loff in Wolverton. Maury, as he was known to all of his friends and neighbors, was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran Church at Wolverton. At the time of his death he was a very active member of the Trinity Lutheran church in Clinton, having served on the church council for a number of years. He also was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Moose Lodge. During his early years, he farmed with his father in Mitchell Township, close to Wolverton. On Sept. 3, 1936, Maury was united in marriage to Gladys Thomson. To this union three children were born: Danielle of Denver, CO; Leslie of Maple Grove; and Lonnie of Boca Raton, FL. Maury and Gladys farmed around the Chokio and Clinton areas, finally settling at a farm one mile north of Clinton in 1959. In 1966 Maury purchased the Clinton Recreation, thus creating the famous Loft's Recreation of Clinton, known throughout the area for his pizza, chicken, and burgers. During this time, he retired from farming in 1968. After selling Loft's Recreation in 1986, he pe'rmanently retired to enjoy the outdoors he loved. Being very proud of his . grandchildren and great grandchildren, Grandpa Maury taught them how to hunt, fish and of course bowl. Maury was well known for his bowling exploits, especially when he beat those youngsters he bowled against. He always looked forward to traveling to bowling tournaments and he also was a long time secretary of his league. Although retired from farming, the feel of the land was still in Maury's blood. He helped area farmers work the fields in the spring and fall, and then he tended his own garden, raising vegetables that he gave to whomever wanted them. Maury also served on the Clinton City Council, and other various committees and projects in the community. He Orrin Anderson Orrin Anderson of Circle Pines, passed away, May 14, 1999. Orrin was born Oct. 16, 1921 to Orrin and Susie Anderson of Correll. He graduated from Correll High School in 1939. He was united in marriage on Jan. , 4, 1944 to Eileen Brown of Chokio. • The f.ilymoved to Thief River Falls in 1952 where they lived for 15 years. They moved to Minneapolis in 1967 and subsequently moved to Circle Pines in 1973 where he lived until the time of his death. Orrin spent his early career farming in the Ortonville area until 1952 when he began his sales career with Durkee Famous Foods. He continued his sales career until his retirement from Morningside Memorial Gardens in 1988. His parents preceded him in death. Bernice D. Tanner Funeral services for Bernice D. Tanner, 74, of rural Big Stone City, SD, were held Monday, May 24, 1999 in the Emanuel-Patterson Funeral Home in Milbank with Ben Tuin and Craig Winquist officiating. Mrs. Tanner died Friday, May 21, 1999, in the Whetstone Valley Care Center (a nursing home) in Milbank. Music was presented by Kim Swanson, organist, and vocalists, Adele Naef and Gloria Edwards, Reviewal was held in the funeral home Monday two hours before services. Burial was in Mound Cemetery, Ortonville. Pallbearers were Alfred Borgerson, Hans Ekman, Byron Overby, Fred helped his friends and neighbors by doing wallpapering and painting, and other handyman projects. During the last year of Maury's life, he worked at the Big Stone County Historical Society. He was very proud of the fact that he got the old Farmall Tractor running. Maury's mechanical skills came into play very often in his busy life. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, May 24, 1999 in Trinity Lutheran Church at Clinton. Visitation was Sunday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Moberg-Larson Funeral Home at Clinton, with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Rev. Lloyd Berger officiated. Organist was Patti Steen, and soloist Janine Teske. Honorary pallbearers were Sunrise • Masonic Lodge #294 and Maury's great grandchildren. Active pallbearers were his grandchildren. Interment was in the Clinton City Cemetery. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Gladys of Clinton; one daughter, Danielle Comiskey of Bailey, CO; two sons, Les (Maureen) of Maple Grove and Lonnie Comiskey of Bailey, CO; two sons, Leslie (Maureen) of Maple Grove, and Lonnie (Dawn) of Boca Raton, FL; seven grandchildren, Charles Brown of Ocala, FL, Denise Rosenthal of Denver, CO, Les M. Loft, Jr. of Grove City, Lynn Boyle of Veneta, OR. Lewis Loft of Maple Grove, Tony Loft of Lakewood, CO and Kelley Loft of Delray Beach, FL; and seven great grandchildren, Jimmy and Kayla Moser, Danielle Lee Ferrill, Michael Brown, Joey and Katherine Loft, and Tanner Boyle; two sisters, Lorraine (Earl) Fagerberg of Portland, OR and Frances Edlund of Moorhead; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was especially fond of one cousin, Agnes Leer of Apple Valley. He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Roy, Walter, Allen, George, and Lewis, who was killed in action in North Africa in 1943; and four sisters, Evelyn, Ann, Agnes, and Ethel. Maury's laughter and free spirit will be missed by all of us. He is survived by his wife Eileen, three sons Richard (Suzanne) of Coronado, CA, Gene (Roberta) of Edina, Royal of St. Anthony Village. Four daughters, Diane (Don) Salmela of Plymouth, Marie (Gary) Beach of Coon Rapids, LeShel (Rod) Balgie of Circle Pines and 'Jaeki (Bill) Laundervitte.of..St iPnet.,,4tl is survived by 21 grandchildren, four great grandchildren, a brother, Royal (LaVay) Anderson of Circle Pines, one sister, Eunice (Don) Wilts of Benson. Also surviving 'are a brother-in-law, Eddie Brown of Chokio, and a sister- in-law, Jeanne Riley of Coon Rapids. Funeral Mass was held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Lint Lakes with Father Minh officiating. Interment was at Morningside Memorial Gardens, Coon Rapids. Sorenson, Paul Rowland and Ernest Locke. Bernice was born Sept. 8, 1924 in Marietta, the daughter of William and Grace Ladwig. Bernice lived in Marietta, until 1950; in Milbank until 1956; in rural Big Stone City, SD, until 1998 and Milbank until her death. Bernice married Lyle Tanner in 1964. Following marriage, the couple resided in rural Big Stone City, SD. Survivors include one sister, Eunice Ludwig, Coon Rapids, two brothers, Bernard Ludwig, Marietta, and James Ladwig, Milbank, SD. Bernice was preceded in death by her husband and parents. FREE TORK DISPENSER w/purchase of TORK WIPES Now Thru June 11th STORE HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 7:30-5:30; Sat. 8:00-4:00 STURDEvANTS 648 SE Second St., Ortonville 320-839-6133 Page 10 My favorite senior essays Editor's Note: Ortonvllle's Senior Citizen Club held an essay contest recently in which students submitted essays on their favorite Senior Citizen. The top four essays are reprinted here: DOLORES WILM MY SPECIAL "GRANDMA" By Amber Enstice I am writin.g about Dolores Wilm. She lives m Browns Valley, Minnesota. I am related to Dolores through marriage on my mothers side of the family. I will tell you what she is like and how she makes me feel. She is a very nice person. She makes me feel like I have a third grandparent. My grandparents all live several hours away from our house. Mat and Dolores filled that empty place in my heart. I think she has one of the biggest hearts in Minnesota. She always finds a way to cheer you up when you are feeling bad. She doesn't like to say no to children when they want treats or stuff. Dolores, in a kind way, overrules our parents when it comes to treats. You feel like she is interested in anything you have to say. She is an honest person. She tries to always be fair to my brothers and sisters and I. When we moved to Browns Valley which was a strange town to us, she welcomed us and helped us feel right at home. She helped my parents find a house to live in. Dolores also introduced us to many new people and relatives we did not know before we moved to Browns Valley. When we moved away from Browns Valley, she was very support- ive. It was extremel.y difficult for me to move away from my friends. Dolores would talk to all of us and give us hugs to make the move easier. Dolores would like it when I would sing to her. My brother, sister, and I would sing," Proud to be an American," to her. She likes music. Even though, Dolores and Mat never had children of their own their arms are always open to many children. Many people call Dolores "Grandma" or "Morn". Dolores taught me how to make her special strawberry pie. She also taught me how to make a special dip for strawberries. When we were done she let me lick the spoon. When my family and I go to her house we pick the apples from their apple trees. When my brother and I are there we get to climb her trees. My brother always climbs higher than me. I usu- ally get to take second limb, and get scared. I don't come down for awhile because my brother tries to pull me down. She tells my mom and I stories about when she was little. One of them was when she wanted the She didn t get the part. The pers , who did, got sick, so Dolores was able to sing after all. She was very excited. She did a good job. Dolores makes sure that her hus- band Mat always has a bag of M&Ms for us when we come, even if my par- ents don't want us to have any. Dolores makes a wonderful "grandma." I think she is the kindest person God created. By Roy Johnson Every family has a person that spoils you rotten. In my family, that's my great grandma. Her name is Valina Nichols. She has four children, Darlene, Joanne, David and Keith, six grandchildren, Valerie, Robin (my mom), Doug, Dennis, Jennifer and Katie; and twelve great-grandchildren including three step, Roy (me), Nikki, Heather, Ryan, Jessie, Ben, Crissie, Sierra, Brenn, David, Alex, and Marisa. Great-Grandma was born in 1915 on her grandparent's homestead. She was the youngest of four children. She grew up with her older brothers Henning and Lewis, and her older sis- ter Alice. Richard Nichols came onto the farm in 1927 as a farmhand. A few years later, they got married. Great-Grandma moved to Ortonville in 1994, after Great- Grandpa had a stroke. Ever since then, we've had Christmases at her big house. I like being with her because she doesn't mind if you flop down on the couch and watch TV for a while. She is also a very good Monopoly player. She's about the only person who I can't swindle properties out of. I seem to remember one time when we were playing where I had houses and hotels on almost every property I owned, and then I landed on Community Chest and got the "You must make street repairs" card. I had to pay almost $2000. She won big time. Like I said earlier, Great-Grandma, if given the chance, would spoil you to death. I'm sure she has a secret stash of pop and chips and cookies and all other sorts of fill-you-up-with-good- ies-until-you-pop kind of food. She has the cookie jar that never runs dry. 1, personally think that she keeps all of her goodies in a little room in her basement that I don't know about. The biggest reason I'm thankful for Great-Grandma is: without her, I wouldn't exist. That's a good enough reason to be thankful in my book. GRANDFATHER By Dustin Hoffart My Grandfathers' name was Robert Hoffart. He liked most people to call him Bob, but I called him Grandpa. Me and Grandpa Hoffart had a very good time. We mainly liked to watch movies together. His favorite kinds were the Westerns, mostly John Wayne westerns. He also liked to spend his spare time reading the Bible. He read the Bible because he was a very religious person. He would often tell us stories from the Bible whenever we questioned him or did something wrong. He also loved collecting and painting miniature Christmas scenes. He even had a table that he would put out instead of a Christmas tree and would decorate it with his miniature Christmas scenes. Me and Grandpa used to watch a lot of movies together.When Grandpa and I would watch movies we often would pick out the mistakes or name wher e  s_ne wa. The only prob- lem Was when he would Watch tile Westerns I wouldn't know where they took place or couldn't pick as many mistakes as he could. Sometimes, I would occasionally drop the remote on purpose to wake him up when he would fall asleep. He had a habit of HICKMAN'S Garage Door & More John Hickrnan Overhead Garage Door Sales & Service ASSET # 6 ) ? rr, ! Alil00N 1 • 1 r I i000000OLVLMLN ! ! N SC flOO L 00C'nWt00 INVOLVED IN HELPING YOUNG PEILON SUCCEED IN SCH(X)L We are in the season of the 'field trip frenzy'i Thanks to all of you parents and grandparents who have joined your children's classrooms as they explored new places and made new discoveries. Take time to think about what you observed about your child and their classmates. Are there ways that you could contribute to your child's educational experience next year? Can you share some special talent or skill with the class? Would you be able to help on a routine basis in the classroom? When you get involved your kids get the message that school is important. You can do it! i i I i ii i INDEPENDENT falling asleep during some of these movies. I would often ask Grandpa to read me a certain passage or whatever pas- sage he was reading in the Bible. I liked listening to him read the Bible because he would change his voice for each character to make them seem so much more interesting. He would explain some of the words because I did not quite understand what they meant. But, he always explained in such a way, I understood and he made it interesting to me. I learned a lot about the Bible from my Grandfather. My Grandfather also enjoyed cooking, so we would eat a lot at his house. Some of the things that he would make would be for example would be bratwurst, beer batter fish, salads and my favorite food of all was his cucumber salad. I think I mainly like that because he was the only per- son who would put in just the right amount of mayonnaise. He showed me how to make everything that he made. He told me that he had gotten all of his recipes from his Morn, Dad, Grandma and his Grandpa. I guess that's what made his food the best. Whenever Grandpa would put together his miniature Christmas scene table, he would let me pick out where the frozen over ponds, people and trees would go. The only bad part about this was since I helped him set it all up, I would also have to help him put it all away. My Grandmother did not like how he would make me help put it all away. He would just say "If you make a mess, unmake it", that pretty much meant let him learn how to be a responsible young man. All in all, I would say I probably had the best Grandpa you could have. Even though he would get mad some- times, I would still love him because I knew he only would get mad for good reasons or to show that something was done wrong. He always wanted me to learn from him and my mistakes, and I did. I know that he just would want to be proud of me when I got older, and to keep the family a good name. Well, that's what I think and have to say about my Grandfather. MY By The person I about is Grandma grandma means a we spend a lot weekends and in th s One of times fishing. We fish all have the chance, but fishes me. We northern, and any Stone Lake. On summer we have little with each other and I the most fish. One were fishing, her li bobber got stuck made me go get it in boat. We both like to different flowers sp; ngetplailtls g’o along The most fun thing sunflower seeds. By; summer some We take the seeds save some, and birds. We are over 15 bird feederS, houses. She just make robins' nestS robins' nests all ove a big glass window we watch all and look them up i: Grandma and I and burn it in We have a lot of wood and then part of it all. You can.! you want to. roast marshmalloWS, over it. Over weekends night. 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At the time of his death he was a very active member of the Trinity Lutheran church in Clinton, having served on the church council for a number of years. He also was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Moose Lodge. During his early years, he farmed with his father in Mitchell Township, close to Wolverton. On Sept. 3, 1936, Maury was united in marriage to Gladys Thomson. To this union three children were born: Danielle of Denver, CO; Leslie of Maple Grove; and Lonnie of Boca Raton, FL. Maury and Gladys farmed around the Chokio and Clinton areas, finally settling at a farm one mile north of Clinton in 1959. In 1966 Maury purchased the Clinton Recreation, thus creating the famous Loft's Recreation of Clinton, known throughout the area for his pizza, chicken, and burgers. During this time, he retired from farming in 1968. After selling Loft's Recreation in 1986, he pe'rmanently retired to enjoy the outdoors he loved. Being very proud of his . grandchildren and great grandchildren, Grandpa Maury taught them how to hunt, fish and of course bowl. Maury was well known for his bowling exploits, especially when he beat those youngsters he bowled against. He always looked forward to traveling to bowling tournaments and he also was a long time secretary of his league. Although retired from farming, the feel of the land was still in Maury's blood. He helped area farmers work the fields in the spring and fall, and then he tended his own garden, raising vegetables that he gave to whomever wanted them. Maury also served on the Clinton City Council, and other various committees and projects in the community. He Orrin Anderson Orrin Anderson of Circle Pines, passed away, May 14, 1999. Orrin was born Oct. 16, 1921 to Orrin and Susie Anderson of Correll. He graduated from Correll High School in 1939. He was united in marriage on Jan. , 4, 1944 to Eileen Brown of Chokio. • The f.ilymoved to Thief River Falls in 1952 where they lived for 15 years. They moved to Minneapolis in 1967 and subsequently moved to Circle Pines in 1973 where he lived until the time of his death. Orrin spent his early career farming in the Ortonville area until 1952 when he began his sales career with Durkee Famous Foods. He continued his sales career until his retirement from Morningside Memorial Gardens in 1988. His parents preceded him in death. Bernice D. Tanner Funeral services for Bernice D. Tanner, 74, of rural Big Stone City, SD, were held Monday, May 24, 1999 in the Emanuel-Patterson Funeral Home in Milbank with Ben Tuin and Craig Winquist officiating. Mrs. Tanner died Friday, May 21, 1999, in the Whetstone Valley Care Center (a nursing home) in Milbank. Music was presented by Kim Swanson, organist, and vocalists, Adele Naef and Gloria Edwards, Reviewal was held in the funeral home Monday two hours before services. Burial was in Mound Cemetery, Ortonville. Pallbearers were Alfred Borgerson, Hans Ekman, Byron Overby, Fred helped his friends and neighbors by doing wallpapering and painting, and other handyman projects. During the last year of Maury's life, he worked at the Big Stone County Historical Society. He was very proud of the fact that he got the old Farmall Tractor running. Maury's mechanical skills came into play very often in his busy life. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, May 24, 1999 in Trinity Lutheran Church at Clinton. Visitation was Sunday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Moberg-Larson Funeral Home at Clinton, with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Rev. Lloyd Berger officiated. Organist was Patti Steen, and soloist Janine Teske. Honorary pallbearers were Sunrise • Masonic Lodge #294 and Maury's great grandchildren. Active pallbearers were his grandchildren. Interment was in the Clinton City Cemetery. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Gladys of Clinton; one daughter, Danielle Comiskey of Bailey, CO; two sons, Les (Maureen) of Maple Grove and Lonnie Comiskey of Bailey, CO; two sons, Leslie (Maureen) of Maple Grove, and Lonnie (Dawn) of Boca Raton, FL; seven grandchildren, Charles Brown of Ocala, FL, Denise Rosenthal of Denver, CO, Les M. Loft, Jr. of Grove City, Lynn Boyle of Veneta, OR. Lewis Loft of Maple Grove, Tony Loft of Lakewood, CO and Kelley Loft of Delray Beach, FL; and seven great grandchildren, Jimmy and Kayla Moser, Danielle Lee Ferrill, Michael Brown, Joey and Katherine Loft, and Tanner Boyle; two sisters, Lorraine (Earl) Fagerberg of Portland, OR and Frances Edlund of Moorhead; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was especially fond of one cousin, Agnes Leer of Apple Valley. He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Roy, Walter, Allen, George, and Lewis, who was killed in action in North Africa in 1943; and four sisters, Evelyn, Ann, Agnes, and Ethel. Maury's laughter and free spirit will be missed by all of us. He is survived by his wife Eileen, three sons Richard (Suzanne) of Coronado, CA, Gene (Roberta) of Edina, Royal of St. Anthony Village. Four daughters, Diane (Don) Salmela of Plymouth, Marie (Gary) Beach of Coon Rapids, LeShel (Rod) Balgie of Circle Pines and 'Jaeki (Bill) Laundervitte.of..St iPnet.,,4tl is survived by 21 grandchildren, four great grandchildren, a brother, Royal (LaVay) Anderson of Circle Pines, one sister, Eunice (Don) Wilts of Benson. Also surviving 'are a brother-in-law, Eddie Brown of Chokio, and a sister- in-law, Jeanne Riley of Coon Rapids. Funeral Mass was held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Lint Lakes with Father Minh officiating. Interment was at Morningside Memorial Gardens, Coon Rapids. Sorenson, Paul Rowland and Ernest Locke. Bernice was born Sept. 8, 1924 in Marietta, the daughter of William and Grace Ladwig. Bernice lived in Marietta, until 1950; in Milbank until 1956; in rural Big Stone City, SD, until 1998 and Milbank until her death. Bernice married Lyle Tanner in 1964. Following marriage, the couple resided in rural Big Stone City, SD. Survivors include one sister, Eunice Ludwig, Coon Rapids, two brothers, Bernard Ludwig, Marietta, and James Ladwig, Milbank, SD. Bernice was preceded in death by her husband and parents. FREE TORK DISPENSER w/purchase of TORK WIPES Now Thru June 11th STORE HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 7:30-5:30; Sat. 8:00-4:00 STURDEvANTS 648 SE Second St., Ortonville 320-839-6133 Page 10 My favorite senior essays Editor's Note: Ortonvllle's Senior Citizen Club held an essay contest recently in which students submitted essays on their favorite Senior Citizen. The top four essays are reprinted here: DOLORES WILM MY SPECIAL "GRANDMA" By Amber Enstice I am writin.g about Dolores Wilm. She lives m Browns Valley, Minnesota. I am related to Dolores through marriage on my mothers side of the family. I will tell you what she is like and how she makes me feel. She is a very nice person. She makes me feel like I have a third grandparent. My grandparents all live several hours away from our house. Mat and Dolores filled that empty place in my heart. I think she has one of the biggest hearts in Minnesota. She always finds a way to cheer you up when you are feeling bad. She doesn't like to say no to children when they want treats or stuff. Dolores, in a kind way, overrules our parents when it comes to treats. You feel like she is interested in anything you have to say. She is an honest person. She tries to always be fair to my brothers and sisters and I. When we moved to Browns Valley which was a strange town to us, she welcomed us and helped us feel right at home. She helped my parents find a house to live in. Dolores also introduced us to many new people and relatives we did not know before we moved to Browns Valley. When we moved away from Browns Valley, she was very support- ive. It was extremel.y difficult for me to move away from my friends. Dolores would talk to all of us and give us hugs to make the move easier. Dolores would like it when I would sing to her. My brother, sister, and I would sing," Proud to be an American," to her. She likes music. Even though, Dolores and Mat never had children of their own their arms are always open to many children. Many people call Dolores "Grandma" or "Morn". Dolores taught me how to make her special strawberry pie. She also taught me how to make a special dip for strawberries. When we were done she let me lick the spoon. When my family and I go to her house we pick the apples from their apple trees. When my brother and I are there we get to climb her trees. My brother always climbs higher than me. I usu- ally get to take second limb, and get scared. I don't come down for awhile because my brother tries to pull me down. She tells my mom and I stories about when she was little. One of them was when she wanted the She didn t get the part. The pers , who did, got sick, so Dolores was able to sing after all. She was very excited. She did a good job. Dolores makes sure that her hus- band Mat always has a bag of M&Ms for us when we come, even if my par- ents don't want us to have any. Dolores makes a wonderful "grandma." I think she is the kindest person God created. By Roy Johnson Every family has a person that spoils you rotten. In my family, that's my great grandma. Her name is Valina Nichols. She has four children, Darlene, Joanne, David and Keith, six grandchildren, Valerie, Robin (my mom), Doug, Dennis, Jennifer and Katie; and twelve great-grandchildren including three step, Roy (me), Nikki, Heather, Ryan, Jessie, Ben, Crissie, Sierra, Brenn, David, Alex, and Marisa. Great-Grandma was born in 1915 on her grandparent's homestead. She was the youngest of four children. She grew up with her older brothers Henning and Lewis, and her older sis- ter Alice. Richard Nichols came onto the farm in 1927 as a farmhand. A few years later, they got married. Great-Grandma moved to Ortonville in 1994, after Great- Grandpa had a stroke. Ever since then, we've had Christmases at her big house. I like being with her because she doesn't mind if you flop down on the couch and watch TV for a while. She is also a very good Monopoly player. She's about the only person who I can't swindle properties out of. I seem to remember one time when we were playing where I had houses and hotels on almost every property I owned, and then I landed on Community Chest and got the "You must make street repairs" card. I had to pay almost $2000. She won big time. Like I said earlier, Great-Grandma, if given the chance, would spoil you to death. I'm sure she has a secret stash of pop and chips and cookies and all other sorts of fill-you-up-with-good- ies-until-you-pop kind of food. She has the cookie jar that never runs dry. 1, personally think that she keeps all of her goodies in a little room in her basement that I don't know about. The biggest reason I'm thankful for Great-Grandma is: without her, I wouldn't exist. That's a good enough reason to be thankful in my book. GRANDFATHER By Dustin Hoffart My Grandfathers' name was Robert Hoffart. He liked most people to call him Bob, but I called him Grandpa. Me and Grandpa Hoffart had a very good time. We mainly liked to watch movies together. His favorite kinds were the Westerns, mostly John Wayne westerns. He also liked to spend his spare time reading the Bible. He read the Bible because he was a very religious person. He would often tell us stories from the Bible whenever we questioned him or did something wrong. He also loved collecting and painting miniature Christmas scenes. He even had a table that he would put out instead of a Christmas tree and would decorate it with his miniature Christmas scenes. Me and Grandpa used to watch a lot of movies together.When Grandpa and I would watch movies we often would pick out the mistakes or name wher e  s_ne wa. The only prob- lem Was when he would Watch tile Westerns I wouldn't know where they took place or couldn't pick as many mistakes as he could. Sometimes, I would occasionally drop the remote on purpose to wake him up when he would fall asleep. He had a habit of HICKMAN'S Garage Door & More John Hickrnan Overhead Garage Door Sales & Service ASSET # 6 ) ? rr, ! Alil00N 1 • 1 r I i000000OLVLMLN ! ! N SC flOO L 00C'nWt00 INVOLVED IN HELPING YOUNG PEILON SUCCEED IN SCH(X)L We are in the season of the 'field trip frenzy'i Thanks to all of you parents and grandparents who have joined your children's classrooms as they explored new places and made new discoveries. Take time to think about what you observed about your child and their classmates. Are there ways that you could contribute to your child's educational experience next year? Can you share some special talent or skill with the class? Would you be able to help on a routine basis in the classroom? When you get involved your kids get the message that school is important. You can do it! i i I i ii i INDEPENDENT falling asleep during some of these movies. I would often ask Grandpa to read me a certain passage or whatever pas- sage he was reading in the Bible. I liked listening to him read the Bible because he would change his voice for each character to make them seem so much more interesting. He would explain some of the words because I did not quite understand what they meant. But, he always explained in such a way, I understood and he made it interesting to me. I learned a lot about the Bible from my Grandfather. My Grandfather also enjoyed cooking, so we would eat a lot at his house. Some of the things that he would make would be for example would be bratwurst, beer batter fish, salads and my favorite food of all was his cucumber salad. I think I mainly like that because he was the only per- son who would put in just the right amount of mayonnaise. He showed me how to make everything that he made. He told me that he had gotten all of his recipes from his Morn, Dad, Grandma and his Grandpa. I guess that's what made his food the best. Whenever Grandpa would put together his miniature Christmas scene table, he would let me pick out where the frozen over ponds, people and trees would go. The only bad part about this was since I helped him set it all up, I would also have to help him put it all away. My Grandmother did not like how he would make me help put it all away. He would just say "If you make a mess, unmake it", that pretty much meant let him learn how to be a responsible young man. All in all, I would say I probably had the best Grandpa you could have. Even though he would get mad some- times, I would still love him because I knew he only would get mad for good reasons or to show that something was done wrong. He always wanted me to learn from him and my mistakes, and I did. I know that he just would want to be proud of me when I got older, and to keep the family a good name. Well, that's what I think and have to say about my Grandfather. MY By The person I about is Grandma grandma means a we spend a lot weekends and in th s One of times fishing. We fish all have the chance, but fishes me. We northern, and any Stone Lake. 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