Friday, December 14, 2018

Jim Voss Passed

Word has been received that Jim Voss passed away today, December 14, 2018. Jim and his wife Kay were long-time residents of this park and we extend our sincere sympathies to Kay and their family. If a full obituary becomes available it will be posted here. Cards can be sent to Kay at 37420 200th Street, Brewster MN 56119

Monday, December 10, 2018

Park Happenings

The crafters were busy  today making little Christmas trees. There weren't many there and I'm sure they would welcome more. They meet every Monday afternoon at 1:00 and I know they have fun. Somehow in my past listing of those who are here I missed LeRoy and Elaine Misfeldt. Also Eugene and Naoma Pratt arrived Saturday. I haven't seen them yet but I'm hoping they will be up for coffee and donuts tomorrow in Allen Hall.

I am pleased to report that the doctors have released Dave Bruun and he and Mary are on their way. They expect to be here sometime Wednesday. Dale & Caroline Eichor are also on their way and they thought they would arrive Thursday.

A few of us are shooting pool in the evening and I think there are some of the card games started. Remember to sign up for the Christmas Parade sub supper and also for Christmas dinner. The Christmas Parade will be Thursday Dec. 20. Get your golf carts, bikes, or whatever decorated and prepare to have some fun.

Friday, December 07, 2018

Angel Tree in Allen Hall

The Angel Tree is up in Allen Hall as well as the big tree in the other corner. I will put that one on next time. This tree is decorated solely with angels and  it has white lights. It is so pretty and you have to really take the time to look at it to see all the different kinds of angels on it.

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Bluegrass Jammers

Every Monday afternoon from 4:00-6:00 the Bluegrass Jammers gather in Allen Hall and everyone is welcome to come in and listen. Included in the group are Deral Rogers and Jay Kelly. Deral is shown playing his guitar and Jay is on the fiddle (violin) and you can sese his guitar sitting there too. It's very good music and you can come and stay as long as you wish.

Monday, December 03, 2018

Andy's Roses

Andy Harper planted and tended these roses after most of us left last spring. For those of you who don't grow roses, struggling with lots of heat which is what they had here all last summer makes growing roses rather difficult. Andy knows what he's doing though and  now that it is a bit cooler these roses are going to make a lovely addition alongside the shuffleboard court.

Sunday, December 02, 2018

Park Happenings

Here it is the 2nd of December and when I look around the park after dark, I see lots of really beautiful Christmas decorations up already. We got here yesterday and it was around 84 or thereabouts which after leaving home on Tuesday in 15 degree weather, felt really warm. It didn't take very long to get rid of my winter type clothes for some cooler duds. We don't have our Christmas lights up yet but we will soon.

There  have been lots of people arriving in the last few days and I would call this the "after Thanksgiving" rush. Max & Mary Pierce are here although I haven't seen Mary, I did spy Max on his bike. Tom and Joyce Rietveld are settling in where Karl & Caol Kapke formerly lived. Like several others in the park I believe their air conditioner was filled with water from all the rain they had here earlier. That's got to be a bummer when you turn the air on for the first time and it is full of water. Bob and Linda Dick are here as well as Jay & Joyce Kelly, Keith Gilbertson, Rev. Gerald and Karen Goetz, and arriving this afternoon were Don and Margaret Schmaltz. It is good to see everyone again and as I understand it, their are more on their way or, soon to be on their way.

Tomorrow is the December business meeting and then I believe the trees and decorations will be put up at 1:00 tomorrow afternoon. We've never been here quite this early so are looking forward to helping with the trees.

I intend to get around and take a few pictures of various things I've seen just in the short time we have been here and will get them posted soon.

If you are on the road or soon will be on the road, travel safe and we look forward to seeing you!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Donald H. Louks Obituary

Donald H. Louks
3/8/1934 -11/11/2018
Don passed away on November 11th after being hospitalized while on his trip to south Texas with his granddaughter Michele.

Don married Sally McGregor in 1955 and to this union was born Gary Louks.
Don was preceded in death by his wife Sally. He is survived by his son Gary and his wife Julie, grandchildren Michele, Nathan and Rachel Louks and Nicole and Carey Favors and several great-grandchildren.

Don was retired from his supervisory job with the USPS. Don and Sally came to south Texas and Magnolia Park for several decades following his retirement.
Don was a pivotal part of the activity in the pool hall. His knowledge and skill of the game were legendary. He was also an avid reader and preferred anything of a western genre in books or film.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Park News

More Winter Texans are arriving in the park but because we aren't there yet it's sometimes hard to remember who I have heard about. I'm trying to remember all those who Irma told me have arrived since I last reported. I know Joe and Linda Bleess are settled in as are Roy and Shirley Benner, Darlene Jansen, Michelle Louks (Don's grandaughter) Craig Hodge, (he will be leaving for a while shortly), Donna Rae and Kent Stevens (Ed Piche's daughter), Bill and Kay Stilson  andGail Lubinsky. Larry Josie and Cathy Toms are new residents from Canada. They are in Nelson and Mabel Zoots house. As I understand it, Doug and Sharon Nelson are on their way but had car trouble somewhere and Bruce and Goldie Scott also are on their way and also had car trouble. I think both of those would be cars that are being towed as both the Scotts and the Nelsons have motor homes.

There has been trouble with the park WI-FI. As I understand it people are not able to get on. I did communicate with Christopher and Bob regarding that problem and Christopher said "their IT person is working on it."

I wish I could tell you more about other park happenings but rumors don't count as being something that can be shared so at this point there really isn't anything to tell.

I think there will be many more arrivals right after Thanksgiving including us. We are watching the weather and right now it looks as though it may be snowing a week from tomorrow which is when we plan to leave. I am relatively sure that forecast will change. It usually does!

Safe travels to all of you and let's all hope for good traveling weather. See you in Texas!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Don Louks passed

Michele, Don Louks granddaughter called and told me that Don passed about 3:00 pm this afternoon. They had started on their trip to Texas but Don took a turn for the worst soon after getting on the road. Michele will get any further information to me as soon as she can. Michele plans to come down at a later time.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Carol Kiel has passed

Carol Kiel

Pease - Carol Kiel, age 75, of Pease, MN, passed away Friday, November 9th after a year-long illness. Funeral will be held Saturday, November 17, 2018, at 11 AM at the Christian Reformed Church in Pease. Interment will follow at Pease Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 - 11 AM Saturday at the church.

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Joe Raleigh Celebrates his 80th Birthday

I received some photos showing Joe Raleigh celebrating his 80th birthday with family and friends. Joe and Cheryl live on the corner of Pecos and Magnolia and they are from Indiana. If you look closely at the picture showing the cake you can see a little motorcycle. Joe and Cheryl usually have their motorcycle along when they are in the park

Friday, November 02, 2018

Winter Texans Arriving

Here it is November 2 already and the Winter Texans are starting to roll into the park. I have asked Irma who is there and between the two of us we have compiled this list. If we have left someone out it certainly wasn't intentional.

Thus far these are the folks who have arrived and are settling in and they are in no particular order. Some have been in the park a while and others are just rolling in. Lloyd and Lavon Linn who are from Iowa are now settled into a new spot for them. They are on Rose, next to Craig Hodge's house. Chet & Irma Johnson and Don & Kathy Ferrell, all from Wisconsin are in their usual spots. Betty Lewis, also from Wisconsin has arrived but has sold her mobile and it will be pulled out of the park on Monday. Betty is going back home. We will miss you Betty!

Donn & Peggy Gordon from Nevada are in and Ron & Cynthia Daigle from Canada just arrived, I think maybe today, or perhaps yesterday. Thelma Domer is back from Iowa and Carmen Friesen and her son DeWayne from Kansas have also arrived. Terry Froseth from South Dakota has arrived and Randy & Jo Hinkle from Missouri have too. Randy & Jo have booths at the Don Wes Market which I believe is already open.

Sharon Hvam from South Dakota has arrived. I believe one of her children drove her down. Pecan Bill and Kay Stilson just got to the park. They are former Ohio residents but now reside in Iowa. Also from Iowa, Myron & Susan Van Houweling got in, I believe toward the end of last week or thereabouts. Deral & Linda Rogers  and Edna Nelson from Iowa are also in. Have you noticed how many of our residents are from Iowa. LOTS! Mike and Pat Jordan from Illinois and Polly Pruitt from Missouri (Kenton and Vera Salmon I think are coming in early December) are also residents.

The "word" is that Larry and Noreen Ergen and probably Don & Marty Harper will all be arriving tomorrow.

The group got together for "Witches Brew" on Halloween which they have done for many years. I think those who were there enjoyed the food and the conversation.

The first business meeting will be on Monday morning even though Dave & Mary Bruun will not be able to be there. As many of you know, Dave had bypass surgery as well as a valve repair last Thursday October 25 and the last I heard, he is doing just fine. I suspect Mary will keep an eagle eye on him to make sure he toes the mark and obeys the doctor's orders.

I asked Irma tonight when we chatted if there has been any more "rumors" floating around about the sale of the park but as of right now, no one seems to know for sure what is happening. Hopefully when there is something definitive happening, we will be told.

Speaking for ourselves, we have reserved our usual spot on the corner of Center and Magnolia and look forward to seeing all of you soon. We plan to leave here right after Thanksgiving depending on weather conditions. Safe travels to all of you as you make your way south.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Words to live by

Many of us are between 65 and death, i.e. old. My friend sent me this excellent list for aging . . . and I have to agree it's good advice to follow. The guy who sent this hi-lighted #19.

1. It’s time to use the money you saved up. Use it and enjoy it. Don’t just keep it for those who may have no notion of the sacrifices you made to get it. Remember there is nothing more dangerous than a son or daughter-in-law with big ideas for your hard-earned capital. Warning: This is also a bad time for investments, even if it seems wonderful or fool-proof. They only bring problems and worries. This is a time for you to enjoy some peace and quiet.

2. Stop worrying about the financial situation of your children and grandchildren, and don’t feel bad spending your money on yourself. You’ve taken care of them for many years, and you’ve taught them what you could. You gave them an education, food, shelter, and support. The responsibility is now theirs to earn their own money.

3. Keep a healthy life, without great physical effort. Do moderate exercise (like walking every day), eat well and get your sleep. It’s easy to become sick, and it gets harder to remain healthy. That is why you need to keep yourself in good shape and be aware of your medical and physical needs. Keep in touch with your doctor, do tests even when you’re feeling well. Stay informed.

4. Always buy the best, most beautiful items for your significant other. The key goal is to enjoy your money with your partner. One day one of you will miss the other, and the money will not provide any comfort then, enjoy it together

5. Don’t stress over the little things. Like paying a little extra on price quotes. You’ve already overcome so much in your life. You have good memories and bad ones, but the important thing is the present. Don’t let the past drag you down and don’t let the future frighten you. Feel good in the now. Small issues will soon be forgotten.

6. Regardless of age, always keep love alive. Love your partner, love life, love your family, love your neighbor and remember: “A man is not old as long as he has intelligence and affection.”

7. Be proud, both inside and out. Don’t stop going to your hair salon or barber, do your nails, go to the dermatologist and the dentist, keep your perfumes and creams well stocked. When you are well-maintained on the outside, it seeps in, making you feel proud and strong.

8. Don’t lose sight of fashion trends for your age, but keep your own sense of style. There’s nothing worse than an older person trying to wear the current fashion among youngsters. You’ve developed your own sense of what looks good on you – keep it and be proud of it. It’s part of who you are.

9. ALWAYS stay up-to-date. Read newspapers, watch the news. Go online and read what people are saying. Make sure you have an active email account and try to use some of those social networks. You’ll be surprised what old friends you’ll meet. Keeping in touch with what is going on and with the people you know is important at any age.

10. Respect the younger generation and their opinions. They may not have the same ideals as you, but they are the future and will take the world in their direction. Give advice, not criticism, and try to remind them that yesterday’s wisdom still applies today.

11. Never use the phrase: “In my time.” Your time is now. As long as you’re alive, you are part of this time. You may have been younger, but you are still you now, having fun and enjoying life.

12. Some people embrace their golden years, while others become bitter and surly. Life is too short to waste your days on the latter. Spend your time with positive, cheerful people, it’ll rub off on you and your days will seem that much better. Spending your time with bitter people will make you older and harder to be around.

13. Do not surrender to the temptation of living with your children or grandchildren (if you have a financial choice, that is). Sure, being surrounded by family sounds great, but we all need our privacy. They need theirs and you need yours. If you’ve lost your partner (our deepest condolences), then find a person to move in with you and help out. Even then, do so only if you feel you really need the help or do not want to live alone.

14. Don’t abandon your hobbies. If you don’t have any, make new ones. You can travel, hike, cook, read, dance. You can adopt a cat or a dog, grow a garden, play cards, checkers, chess, dominoes, golf. You can paint, volunteer or just collect certain items. Find something you like and spend some real time having fun with it.

15. Even if you don’t feel like it, try to accept invitations. Baptisms, graduations, birthdays, weddings, conferences. Try to go. Get out of the house, meet people you haven’t seen in a while, experience something new (or something old). But don’t get upset when you’re not invited. Some events are limited by resources, and not everyone can be hosted. The important thing is to leave the house from time to time. Go to museums, go walk through a field. Get out there.

16. Be a conversationalist. Talk less and listen more. Some people go on and on about the past, not caring if their listeners are really interested. That’s a great way of reducing their desire to speak with you. Listen first and answer questions, but don’t go off into long stories unless asked to. Speak in courteous tones and try not to complain or criticize too much unless you really need to. Try to accept situations as they are. Everyone is going through the same things, and people have a low tolerance for hearing complaints. Always find some good things to say as well.

17. Pain and discomfort go hand in hand with getting older. Try not to dwell on them but accept them as a part of the cycle of life we’re all going through. Try to minimize them in your mind. They are not who you are, they are something that life added to you. If they become your entire focus, you lose sight of the person you used to be.

18. If you’ve been offended by someone – forgive them. If you’ve offended someone - apologize. Don’t drag around resentment with you. It only serves to make you sad and bitter. It doesn’t matter who was right. Someone once said: “Holding a grudge is like taking poison and expecting the other person to die.” Don’t take that poison. Forgive, forget and move on with your life.

19. If you have a strong belief, savor it. But don’t waste your time trying to convince others. They will make their own choices no matter what you tell them, and it will only bring you frustration. Live your faith and set an example. Live true to your beliefs and let that memory sway them.

20. Laugh. Laugh A LOT. Laugh at everything. Remember, you are one of the lucky ones. You managed to have a life, a long one. Many never get to this age, never get to experience a full life. But you did. So what’s not to laugh about? Find the humor in your situation.

21. Take no notice of what others say about you and even less notice of what they might be thinking. They’ll do it anyway, and you should have pride in yourself and what you’ve achieved. Let them talk and don’t worry. They have no idea about your history, your memories and the life you’ve lived so far. There’s still much to be written, so get busy writing and don’t waste time thinking about what others might think. Now is the time to be at rest, at peace and as happy as you can be!

REMEMBER: “Life is too short to drink bad wine and warm beer.”

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Magnolia Future

The rumors are flying thick and fast and people do not know what to believe. The park has been sold, the park has not been sold; the park is going to be a family park, the park is not going to be a family park; the new manager is. . . . . . . take your pick with the names that people are throwing around. As I understand it the manager's name is Ana. If you are really interested you can go to the site and see her name and her picture.

Rather than rushing to either sell or, if you are an RVer not coming at all, why don't we all step back and take a deep breath and just wait to see what really does happen. It is true that several folks have moved their units out but for some at least, we knew in the spring that they would be gone when we get back for the upcoming season.

There are a few Winter Texans in the park already and I imagine that it won't be long before there will be more arriving. With the weather that we have had here in the upper mid-west I suspect that some folks may even leave sooner than usual. We have been watching the Texas weather and know that it actually isn't so good there either with lots of rain, flooding, and now it's quite chilly.

Our own plans are to leave Wisconsin after Thanksgiving and take our time traveling south arriving in Magnolia in very early December. We wish all of you who will be on the road in the next few weeks and months safe travels and look forward to seeing you.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Erma Cleavelands OBITUARY

            Erma Leone Cleaveland, the daughter of Ocie and Goldie (Brundidge) Rollins, was born in rural Oakland, IA, on May 12, 1918. She died October 14, 2018, at the Oakland Manor Nursing Home in Oakland, IA, at the age of 100 years 5 months, and 2 days.

            Erma attended country school until the eighth grade. After the death of her mother, when Erma was twelve, she took on the household duties, along with being a housekeeper for several families. On January 22, 1937, Erma was united in marriage to Berwyn Cleaveland at the Council Bluffs Methodist Parsonage. They rented a farm for a short time before purchasing a farm west of Oakland. They moved into town when they purchased a truck line. Erma worked as the dispatcher and bookkeeper until they sold the truck line in 1960. Erma and Berwyn owned and operated several businesses: a boat shop, an auto body shop, the Sinclair Station, and a feedlot cleaning business. Berwyn died May 24, 2010. Erma remained at home until several years ago when she moved to Oakland Heights Assisted Living.

            Erma was a member of the Oakland United Methodist Church and the Farm Bureau Ladies. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, and sewing.

            She is preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her brothers Harold and Orland; and her sister Eileen.

            She is survived by her son Richard and wife Leslie of Oakland, IA; her grandchildren Brad and wife Regina of Council Bluffs, IA, Mitch of Harrison, AR, and Tracy and wife Laura of Oakland, IA; six great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; three step great-grandchildren; and her nephew Dale and wife Barb.

            Funeral services will be Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at 10:30 AM at the Oakland United Methodist Church in Oakland. Interment will be at the Oaklawn Cemetery at 1:00 PM. An open visitation will be held at the Rieken Vieth Funeral Home on Tuesday. The family will not be present at any specific time. Memorials may be given to the Oakland United Methodist Church. Rieken Vieth Funeral Home in Oakland is assisting the family.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Snow Today

This is what it looked like in our front yard today in Neillsville WI. It was a cold, wet miserable day and it rained/flurried all day long. By late afternoon it had started to stick. Hopefully it is done now. I haven't looked outside lately but I did just check the temperature and it has warmed up a degree. It's a whole 34 degrees. This is the 14th of October, for heavens sake! It makes us think it's time to pull that 5th wheel around and start loading. It is a bit early for us but I know that there are people on their way down right now so the Winter Texan Season will soon be in full swing. We are looking forward to seeing our Magnolia friends again and wish everyone safe travels as you make your way south.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Picture Reminder

Just a reminder that before you leave home for the Valley, search through your old photos and find one from grade school or I'm sure any photo of you when you were young (for most of us a LONG time ago). Larry has something in mind to do with old photos and how many of us can be recognized from them.

I'm sure many of you are making preparations for the trip down. Safe travels to all of you. Take your time and get there in one piece!

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Marinus Cross Obituary

Marinus and his wife JoAnne lived on the north end of Lime-street, behind where the VanHouwelings currently live.

Marinus J. Cross

MARINUS JAMES CROSS was born on April 9, 1935, to Clarence and Millie (Sexton) Cross in Mitchell, South Dakota. Marinus was raised by his step-mother, Anna (Nelson) Cross, after his mother, Millie, died when he was four years old. Marinus grew up and lived in Mitchell until he was 16 years old. On May 24, 1952, Marinus was united in marriage to JoAnn Vermeer at the First Baptist Church in Luverne, Minnesota. Following their marriage, the couple lived in Leota, Minnesota, Magnolia, Minnesota, and finally, Luverne. To their union, Marinus and Jo Ann were blessed with four children. Marinus was employed from 1952 to 1962 by Peter Kooimann who farmed. From 1962 to 1982, he worked for Pat’s Plumbing and Heating as a plumber. In 1982, Marinus began his own business Cross & Son Construction which he operated until his retirement in 2002. In February 2010, he and JoAnn moved into Luverne and made their home.

On Monday, October 8, 2018, while at the Sanford Luverne Hospice Cottage, Marinus went to be with his Lord at the age of 83 years, 5 months and 29 days.

Marinus is lovingly remembered by his four children, Roxy (Archie) Bonnett of Magnolia, Linda (Rick) Bruhn of Magnolia, Kathy Medill of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Delwyn “D.J.” Cross (special friend, Terry Ivie) of Branson, Missouri; 11 grandchildren, Bunny, Jamie, and Marty, Shawna, Tonya, and Josh, Wesley, Amy and Amber, Brock and Mary; 19 great-grandchildren; a sister, Clara Ochocki of Scottsbluff, Nebraska; and special friend, Judy Ripley of Luverne. He was preceded in death by his wife, JoAnn; a great-granddaughter, Montana Honnerman; mother, Millie; and father and step-mother, Clarence and Anna.

Monday, October 08, 2018

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Bread Pudding by Noreen Ergen

Bread Pudding
by Noreen Ergen

Spray a 9 x 13 pan.
Cube 4 and 1/2 cups bread into 9 x 13 pan.
2 cups sugar
5 large eggs, beaten
2 cups milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
Pour over bread and let set 10 minutes.
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup soft butter
1 cup chopped pecans
Evenly distribute on top of bread.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes
While the bread pudding is baking
Mix in small  saucepan
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
Cook on low heat until thickened.
Remove from heat and add 1/3 cup Brandy

I was going through an old box of  saved papers and ran across this recipe
of Noreen's that I had asked her for. My favorite dessert is bread pudding and Noreen
is an excellent cook and this is an excellent recipe. I would recommend you copy and/or
print this recipe while you have the chance. You will want to keep it.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Vivi Piche Obituary

Vivi Piche

Piche, Vivi - At her home in Grimsby, on Sunday, September 16, 2018, aged 78 years.  Beloved wife of Wally.  Loving mother of Debbie & Bradley Burniston, Danny & Cynthia Piche and Jeffrey Piche.  Devoted grandmother of Devon, Lindsay, Spencer, Sydney, Cole, Carleigh, Thomas, and Benjamin.  Great-grandmother of Hector Percival.
Funeral service will be held on Monday, September 24 at 11:00a.m. at the Vineland Chapel of Tallman Funeral Homes, 3277 King St. Vineland, with visitation one hour prior.  Reception to follow in the Tallman Fireside Room.  "Around the world and back again

Monday, September 17, 2018

More Trophies for the Bruuns

Dave & Mary proudly show off their latest trophies and I believe they added one more after this according to the text I received. Good for them!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Grade School Pictures

A request has been made that before you leave for Texas this upcoming season hunt through your old photos and see if you can find one from grade school. Bring it along as Larry has something in mind regarding identifying people from their old photos. It sounds as though it could be fun and I'm sure some people will be easily recognized and others, "not so much." I'm not exactly sure what he has in mind but I'm passing along the request and thinking it could be very interesting!

Friday, August 31, 2018

Message from Gwenda- Eula's daughter

Hi Barb, Mom, Eula, it's having a hard time. Her congestive heart failure has caused more problems and then she fell. Bruised up pretty but only thing broken was her thumb. She's not on her computer as much but I know she'd love to hear from her friends at Magnolia.

Thanks, Gwenda

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Fun in the Pool

Here are some of the folks who live in Magnolia year around and they are having fun in the pool. With his head almost completely out of sight is DJ Baustian who is Marge Soole's son, next is Anita Nelson, Kathy Baustian, Dick Nelson, and Fred Rabe. The Baustians live on Pecos in what was Pat Jones' house. I'm sure everyone knows Dick and Anita and certainly Fred. It's nice to see them having fun and it's also nice to see that they have hats on their heads. It won't be long and some of the Winter Texans will be pulling into Texas as here it is almost September. The summer has flown by!

Bill Sturgeon's Obituary

William Geoffrey Sturgeon 1927 ~ 2018 William Sturgeon passed away peacefully on Wednesday August 1, 2018 at the age of 90 years. He was predeceased by his parents, William and Olive Sturgeon; sister, Kathleen (Jack) Hancock; sister, Margorie (Gary) Hughes; infant brother, Nevalon; niece, Wendy Guider; two grandchildren, Rhys Sturgeon and Angela Sturgeon; in-laws, Edward and Johanna Krueger; and brother-in-law Albert Krueger. William was born August 24, 1927 in the Halbrite, SK area to William and Olive Sturgeon. He took his early schooling in Halbrite and later attended a welder's college in Winnipeg. William spent several years working in British Columbia. On his return to Saskatchewan he met and married Esther Krueger on July 11, 1950. Following their marriage William and Esther established a farming life in the Midale, Saskatchewan area. Together they raised their three sons on the family farm. William's passions in life, besides his family, were farming and restoring old tractors. He was an active member of the Souris Valley (Midale) Antique Association. In retirement, William and Esther became full fledged "snowbirds", travelling to Texas for 23 years. William will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 68 years, Esther Sturgeon of Weyburn, SK; sons, Donald (Teresa) Sturgeon of Midale, SK; James (Arlene) Sturgeon of Tobin Lake, SK and Kenneth (Joan) Sturgeon of Midale, SK; grandchildren, Jessica (Jason), Danine, Rhea, and Hanna; brother-in-law Gary (Lois) Hughes; nephews, Bob (Eva) Ziehl, and Steven (Joanne) Hughes; Cathy (Stan) Stapleton, Rebecca (Ian) St. Laurent. A Graveside Service and Interment was held on Tuesday August 7, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery at Weyburn, Saskatchewan with Reverend Brian Woods officiating. Donations in memory of William may be made to Weyburn Humane Society. Condolences may be left at: Arrangements entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, Saskatchewan, 306-842-5432

Monday, August 20, 2018

Mel Stavrum's obituary

Mel's funeral: Wake is on Mon 8/27 from 4-8pm funeral services is on Tue 8/28 at 11am. St Luke's Catholic Church 17144-17498 Huber Ave NW Clearwater MN 55320

Melvin R. Stavrum

1923 - 2018 Obituary Condolences Flowers
Melvin R. Stavrum Obituary
Melvin R. Stavrum

Clearwater - Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at St. Luke's Catholic Church in Clearwater of Melvin R. Stavrum, age 95 of Clearwater who passed away on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Reverend Dennis Backer will officiate. Burial will take place with military honors at the parish cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday and after 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Luke's Catholic Church. Parish prayers will be at 4:00 p.m. immediately followed by the Clearwater American Legion Post #323 on Monday at the church. Arrangements are being made by the Daniel Funeral Home, Clearwater.

Melvin was born August 16, 1923 in Clearwater, Minnesota to Avon and Otillia (Neft) Stavrum. He was a United States Navy Veteran of WWII. Melvin married Virginia M. Bowder on May 5, 1945 at St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church in St. Augusta. He was employed by T & O Plastics in Clearwater for 30 years, retiring in 1989. He was an avid square dancer and a member of the Beaux and Belles square dance club, the Clearwater Lions, Clearwater American Legion Post #323 and St. Luke's Parish.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia; children, Beverly (David Clarkson) Lokensgard of South St. Paul, Connie Dziuk of Greenfield, Bob (Bev) of Clearwater, Ken of Clearwater, Mark (Pam) of Plymouth, and Lisa (Jim) Ludescher of St. Augusta; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Virginia Wills of Minneapolis.

Melvin was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Ionilla Ley; one brother, Norman; and two great-grandchildren, Charles Bixler, Jr. and Travis Monson; and son-in-law, Perry Dziuk.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Interesting Truck

Remember this truck?? It was in the park last season for a short time and we thought it was very interesting. They pulled that 5th wheel parked next to it and did create a lot of interest when they drove in. Unfortunately neither of us can remember what year it was but it was in tip-top shape.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Friend/Messenger Type of Posts

I really do appreciate the fact that Magnolia residents are looking out for each other but the latest thing that is going around is a hoax which has been on-going for years. It refers to accepting a friend request from someone named Fabrizio Brambilla and if you do that he will have access to your computer. NOT TRUE!

Here is a link to Snopes which will explain it all. Snopes is always a good place to go if you get something like this and don't know if it is true or not. Go to Snopes and check it out.

I do want to reiterate I think it's great that we are watching out for each other and often times we think of Magnolia friends like family. It's a very nice feeling to have.

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Dave Bruun with his 1st Place Trophey

I hope Mary doesn't mind but I took this photo from her Facebook page. Dave won 1st place in a car show in the 1954 and earlier category. It looks like quite a car and he/they should be proud.

If there is anyone from the park who has something they would like to share from their summer that they think others would enjoy please send them to me (Deon)

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Perry Edward Dziuk Obituary

For those of you trying to remember or make connections Perry is Connie Dziuk's husband.
Perry Edward Dziuk
January 11, 1942 - Sunday, July 15, 2018

Visitation Information
The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo, MN
Friday, July 20, 2018
4:00 - 8:00 P.M.

Service Information
St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Corcoran, MN
Saturday, July 21, 2018,
11:00 A.M.

Perry Edward Dziuk, age 76 of Greenfield, passed away unexpectedly at home on Sunday, July 15, 2018. He was born January 11, 1942 in Hancock, Illinois, the son of Charles and Laura (Freer) Dziuk.

Perry graduated from Monticello High School in 1959. He honorably served our country and was a proud Marine Veteran. After being in the service, Perry worked at Rockford Bakery until they closed in 1974. He began his career in 1974 working at Landshire in New Hope, the company later became Stewart then Deli Express in Eden Prairie, where Perry retired from in 2009.

Perry was a member of the American Legion Post 270 in Buffalo, and a member and past treasurer of the Wright Flyers for many years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, cooking, remote control airplanes, traveling to Arkansas and digging for crystals, playing blackjack, and he had a huge heart for animals from cats to cows.

Perry’s sense of humor and stories, that may or may not have been true, will be missed by all who knew him. He could talk to anyone he met, and he was known for the nicknames he gave to his family members.

On July 9, 1972, Perry E. Dziuk and Constance M. Stavrum were united in marriage in Watertown, South Dakota. The two just celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary.

He is preceded in death by his grandsons, Charles Bixler and Travis Monson; parents, Charles and Laura Dziuk; sister-in-law, Pearl Dziuk; and beloved dog, Lucky.

Perry will be missed dearly by his wife, Connie Dziuk; children, Steve Dziuk, Julia (Brian) Libbesmeier, Jolleen Swenson (Chris Diesen); 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; twin brother, Larry Dziuk; brothers, Charles “Mike” Dziuk, John (Cheryl) Dziuk; and many other family and friends.

Visitation will be held Friday, July 20, 2018 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at The Peterson Chapel, 119 Central Ave, Buffalo. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 11:00 AM, with visitation one hour prior, at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 20000 County Rd 10, Corcoran. Burial with Military Rites will follow at St. Peter & Paul Cemetery in Loretto.

Casket bearers are, Mason Dziuk, Jason Dziuk, Trevor Dziuk, Dustin Monson, Gary Dziuk, Laura Swenson, Ashley Swenson, and Brandon Engstrom.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. 763-682-1363.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Computer people past and present

If you have taken a class from me at any time or place you may want to take note of this website. I am pointing out that I personally have not had a malware or virus problem on my personal computer for years. Cloudeight has been one of my go-to places to keep me on track for well over a decade. They are to be trusted. ~Barb

Have You Ever Used the Chrome Malware Scanner?

Caught in the Act!! On the trail yesterday helping herself to the corn.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Kay Voss can can

... and cook and bake and it certainly looks like she is hard at it.
Kay Voss says."I picked a total of 109 pounds ! All the rain helped;  froze many bags and gave away at least half."

20 pints of cherry pie filling

We have finished butchering our chickens....I canned pieces of meat from the backs/ribs.  7 pints of meat for soups and 5 pints of broth for various recipes"

"So yummy!   10 jelly jars of cherry jam"

"Our reds are starting.  The yellows are producing too.  The yellows rarely make it to the house,  they are honey sweet!"

"Today I am taking it easy....this is all I have baked today.   Later I do plan on making chocolate cake, topped with canned cream cheese and canned cherry pie filling on top of that.  Jim is finally starting to feel like eating again, so I am trying to fatten him up a bit.  He is very thin.....what a problem to have!"

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