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Joseph Stattelman Obituaries of LeAnn K. Athey LeAnn K. Athey, 56, of Big Stone City, SD, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2002 in a Milbank Care Center. Funeral mass will be on Tuesday, at 2:00 p.m. at the St. Charles Catholic Church, Big Stone City, SD. Father Ray Otto will officiate. Interment will be at a later date. Visitation will bc on Monday, from 6-8 p.m. with a scripture service at 7:30 p.m. at the Wight and Comes Funeral Chapel. Harriet Rausch will be the soloist accompanied by Betty Binsfeld. Visitation will continue on Tuesday, prior to services at the church. Relatives are requested to meet at the church on Tuesday, by 1:30 p.m. Memorials may be designated Mi-lbank Area Hospital Hospice. Honorary pallbearers will be friends and relatives, and one special friend for many years. Active pallbearers will be David Gilliland, George and Elmer Athey, Larry Koll, Roger Torgerson, and Don Johnson. LeAnn K. Athey, the daughter of Eugene and Lillian (Watson) Schmidt was born on April 15, 1946 in Webster, SD. She lived with her family on a farm east of Butler, SD. LeAnn graduated from Bristol High School, Bristol, SD, in 1964 as valedictorian of her class of 32 students. She worked as a teller in the F & M Bank in Garden City, SD from 1964-1966 when she was transferred to F & M Bank in Watertown and worked there until 1969. She married Richard Athey in 1969 and the couple moved to Lena, WI where she worked as a waitress in a local cafe. In 1970 they moved to Big Stone City and LeAnn did baby-sitting. She was a bookkeeper for Athey Building Construction for twelve years. She then worked for H & R Block in Ortonville from 1981-1982. She also worked as a waitress from 1992-1998. LeAnn worked in a nursing home as a nursing assistant, and in 1998 she went to work for a cleaning service for various businesses. She was a member of the St. Charles Catholic Church and Altar Society. She enjoyed fishing in summer and winter, outdoor activities, her vegetable garden, canning and reaping the harvest, especially her flowers which she won "Yard Most Beautiful" in 1997. Family and friends were most important to her, and she enjoyed listening to music, including the oldies and country to dance to. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by two daughters, Laura Lazar and her husband, Paul of Woodstock, GA, and Lisa Athey of Big Stone City; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Larry and Pamela Schmidt of Zumbro Falls, Roger and Dolly Schmidt of Aberdeen, and Terry and Jennifer Schmidt of Fairbanks, AK; and one grandson, Evan Lazar of Woodstock, GA. Ann LaVonne Helgeson Ann l.aVonne (Rothi) Helgeson was born on October 24, 1925, to parents Laurence and Agnes (Lundberg) Rothi at the :35:::' ::; Or t on v i I I e l]ospital. Ann attended school at District #14 in rural Big Stone County and graduated from high school in 1943. She then attended Teacher Training Short Course at Aberdeen, SD, and Moorhead. Ann taught school for two year in South Dakota and for two years in Minnesota; she was a "war time" teacher. On June 14, 1947, Ann was united in marriage to Clarence Helgeson. From that time forward Ann was-a full time ranch wife and mother of five children. Ann was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church in Ortonville serving as a Sunday school teacher, Bethel Bible study teacher, organist. and-various other leadership roles in the church. Ann was active in the Edna Shoquist Funeral Services for Edna Shoquist, 94, of Clinton, were held Wednesday Dec. 4, 2002 at Elim Lutheran Church in Clinton. Officiating was Rev. David Hinrichs with Marilyn Botker serving as organist. Wesley Olson was the Honorary Pallbearer. Active'Pallbearers were Randall Wells, Arnold Wells, Norman (Pete) Wells, Brent Waddell, LeRoy Wikert and Wally Redfield. Interment was at the Clinton City Cemetery at Clinton. Edna Shoquist was born Nov. 1, 1908 at Denhoff, ND. She was the last of four children born to Lewis and Melinda Hankey. Her Mother passed away when she was three years old. During her childhood years she lived with her uncle and aunt, Fred and Daisy Piper and their three children, Russell, Glenn and Erma (Piper) Wells. She attended high school in Ortonville during which time she worked for her board and room at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Shelver. She attended and was confirmed at the English Lutheran Church in Ortonville, Following graduation from high school and Teacher Training in Ortonville, she taught school at District 39 east of Clinton. It was at community serving as a school board member, 4-H leader, AARP volunteer tax consultant, and open class superintendent for the Big Stone County Fair. Ann also enjoyed being a winter Texan for 19 years. Ann enjoyed sewing, quilting, and card playing; she was an avid gardener and enjoyed her horticulture club. She also enjoyed her children and grandchildren. Ann will be deeply missed by all of her family and friends. Ann passed away Friday afternoon, Nov. 29, 2002, at the Ortonville Hospital, following a battle witff-, cancer, reaching the age of 77 years, one month and five days. Ann is survived by five children Allan (Kathy) Ben, Becky, Bob and Barbie Helgeson, Lois (David) Dan, Bessie and Michael Peterson, Larry (Sandra) and Sally Helgeson, Leona (David) Olson and Harley (Ellie) Adam, Kaylee, Kara and Jason Helgeson; one sister Nola (Fred) Lockwood; three brothers Robert (Bonnie) Rothi, John (Anna) Rothi and Jerry (Judelle) Rothi; one sister- in-law Gladys Saterbak; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. this time that she met her future husband Edward Robert (Bob) Shoquist. Bob and Edna were married October 26, 1932. To this union three sons were born. They and their wives are; Ron (Gerri) Shoquist of Fridley, Loren (Carole) Shoquist of Cupertino, CA and Claire "Sam'" (Lynda) Shoquist of Sterling, VA. Edna was active in many activities. She and Bob were members of Elim Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday school and was Sunday school superintendent. She was an adult leader of the Malta Happy Go-getters 4-H Club and was a member of the Women's Christian Temperance Union. Bob and Edna resided on their farm east of Clinton until 1969, at which time they moved to their home in Clinton. In 1995 Edna moved to the Clinton Providence Center where she lived until she went home to be with the Lord on Dec. 1, 2002. One of Edna's favorite Bible verses is Romans 8:28 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose." This verse she included in many of her written correspondences. Edna is survived by all her sons and their wives; seven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and her cousin, Erma Wells. We praise God for her life. The Moberg-Larson Funeral Home of Clinton is in charge of the arrangements. Joseph "'Joe" Stattelman, 96, of Clinton was held Friday, Dec. 6, 2002 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church at Graceville. The Celebrant was Fr. Jack Nordick with Mary Virginia Kampmeier serving as organist and Amelia Propp serving as soloist. Honorary pallbearers were great grandchildren Kristina, Nathan. Erica, Sammy, Harley and Joe's many friends. Active pallbearers were grandchildren Douglas, Danny, Gina, Ryan, Joseph, Willis, Nicholas, Kelly, Leah, Cory and Charily Stattelman. Interment was at the Clinton City Cemetery. Joseph Alois Stattelman was born Oct. 14, 1906 in West Bend, IA to Henry and Elizabeth Stattelman. He was the fourth of six children. Joe was baptized into the Catholic faith at the church of Saint Peter and Paul in West Bend. At the age of two, Joe moved with his family to Clinton. He grew up on the family farm located two miles west of Clinton. He went to rural school, graduated from eighth grade, and attended High School for a time in Clinton. As a young man, Joe worked on the farm and went to as many dances as he could find around the area. He and his sister Agnes were the first couple to dance on the new floor at Sioux Historic Pavillion after it was built in the 1920's. Joe worked with several Clinton area men putting up hay near Thief River Falls. There he met his future wife, Winnie. Joe stayed in Thief River Falls for a time and worked as a taxi cab driver, a mechanic, and a truck driver. The Depression took Joe to Pontiac, MI for employment in the automobile factories. It was there that he learned his life-long trade as a welder. Joe and Winnie (Rupprecht) were married on June 1, 1937 in Pontiac. They moved to Clinton in 1939. To this union five sons were born. Joe started his blacksmith shop in a barn behind his parents' house in town. He relocated his shop down the street and continued blacksmithi'ng and welding for his custgmers for thirty-five years. He worked for many area farmers in the shop or at their farms with his portable welder. In addition to repair work, Joe sharpened plowshares and manufactured hog farrowing crates and cultivator shields. He was widely known for his plowshare sharpening and could hammer one hundred plowshares a day at the peak of his career. Joe's shop and manufacturing business employed several local men including his five sons at one time or another. Joe retired from his blacksmith shop in 1968 as his two eldest sons took over the business. He continued to return to the shop for an occasional welding job well past the age of eighty. Joe was a former member of the Clinton Commercial Club, and he r SHOP ORTONVILLE FOR CHRISTMAS LET THE SANTA GALS HELP YOU SHOP FOR THE HOLIDAYS Artwork by /   : g. Watch for them on the streets as they pass out candy and  spread Christmas cheer. / City police continue to stress weartng seat belts Unbuckled drivers strutting their stuff unsafely down the roadways of Ortonville earned citations and warn- ing from Ortonville officers during the Minnesota Dep,rtment of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) Safe & Sober enhanced seat belt enforcement campaign, Nov. 21-Dec. I. Not wearing a seat belt makes two things much easier - reaching for your wallet and reaching the pavement. Many motorists have learned that buckling up can save you money, and without a doubt, your life. The enforcement effort - tabbed the November Mobilization - was the follow-up campaign to a successful enforcement period in May. That cam- paign resulted in an I l-point increase in belt use in Ortonville. The November enforcement produced a 26-point increase in belt use, raising the seat belt use rate to 91 percent. Ortonville Police Department was joined in the statewide campaign by 350 other agencies and the State Patrol. Four in five Minnesotans are now in style - they buckle up. Still, some motorists in Ortonville aren't paying attention to that message. Unfortunately for them, they're going to have to start listening - or get used to tickets or worse." The Safe and Sober Campaign is funded by the National Highway traf- fic Safety Administration and admin- istered by OTS. The program is designed to reduce traffic fatalities and serious.injuries. served on the City Council. He was a charter member of the Clinton Men's "Club and he actively served on the Big Stone County Fair Board for many years. F,as a life long member of Holy Rosa"l'y,,Catholic Church in Graceville. ,ill.  During his retiiement years, Joe and Winnie operated "'Winnie's Antiques" on main street of Clinton. They became a well known team at auctions buying and selling antiques until they sold out their business in 1984. Joe continued to make his daily rounds to the post office, the restaurant, the men's club and the lumber yard for many years. Joe and Winnie continued their love for going to dances as long as they could. Joe lived in his house with Winnie until recent months when ill health made it necessary for him to move to the Clinton Providence Center. Recently, Joe's health rapidly deteriorated until he passed away on Dec. 2, 2002 at Holy Trinity Hospital in Graceville. Joe's long life, occupation, and interests made him a well known Clinton resident He always promoted the virtues of his hometown, Clinton. Many people have fond memories of Joe the Blacksmith. Many might remember his friendly easy-going personality and his good advice for anyone. Joe and Winnie visited their children's homes frequently, and there were countless stops at grandma and grandpa's house from .the kids and grandchildren. The grandchildren and great grandchildren have many of grandpa's wonderful stories to remember forever. Joe was truly a man of the Twentieth Century who saw it from nearly it's beginning into the new Millennium. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends. "Under the spreading chestnut tree, the village smithy stands; The smith, a mighty man is he, with large and sinewy hands ..... " Joseph passed away Monday morning at Holy Trinity Hospital in Graceville. Survivors include his wife Winnifred of Clinton, five sons Richard (Ginny) Stattelman of Clinton, Jerry (Carl) Stattelman of Clinton, Joel (Kathy) Stattelman of Ortonville, Randy (Becky) Stattelman of Ortonville and Kim (Deanna) Stattelman of Clinton; two sisters Agnes Lestina of Long Prairie and Florence Statteiman of Long Prairie; 11 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and many niecc.,, nephews, cousins and in laws .... Old Mill Twirlers The Old Mill Twirlers danced to the calling of Gene Hoffman last Wednesday. There were no squares in attendance with guests from Madison. Dennis Van Ash from Milbank will call on Wednesday Dec. 11. On lunch committee are Harold and Paula Thoden and Daryl and Arlene Stengel. Up coming dances will be Dec. t 8, Hank Prasnicki, Christmas Party. Old Mill Twirlers dance on Wednesday evenings at 8 p.m. in the High School lunchroom. Use the Northeast door, visitors are always welcome. BIlI-,II-RI- L.i,gtlge Schneck-Dennis vows Karissa Pauline Schneck married Ryan Richard Dennis on July 6, 2002, in Trinity Lutheran Church, Clinton. Officiants at the ceremony were Rev. Lloyd Berger and Rev. Wayne Kopitzke, uncle of the bride. Rev. Wilfred Hansen gave the table bless- ing. Karissa is the daughter of Richard and Pamela Schneck of Clinton. Grandparents are Weston and Ruth Schneck of Ortonville, and Harlan and LaVerne Parker of Big Stone City, S.D, Ryan is the son of Shirlv Dennis of Park The couple resides in where they are seniors Bemidji State University. Karissa is in the field focusing on piano and orga mance and composition. Ryan is majoring in agement with an emphasis ing. Did you know athletes are very prone to back and neck injuries? That's why our chiropractic clinic works with many world-class athletes to help relieve muscutar pain, stiff joints and pinched nerves. We use gentle adjustments and soothing massage techniques to effectively treat our clients, And we'lll counsel you on the right nutrition, exercise and stress management to keep you healthy. Come visit our complete, modern diagnostic facility for a free spinal exam. 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